Ventura County


We, the undersigned, support the creation of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course as a high school graduation requirement in each of the school districts in Ventura County.

Ethnic Studies benefits all students by providing a complex, rich, and critical history of the United States. Given the multitude of issues facing our county, it is important to prepare our students to be global citizens with the knowledge of and the appreciation for the contributions of multiple cultures and histories.

Using demographic data provided for the Oxnard Union High School District 2012 – 2013 School Accountability Report Card, on average, Chicana/o-Latina/o students comprise over 75% of the all the high schools in the Oxnard Union High School District. These numbers are an example of the diversity that is present county-wide.

Currently, there are no formally established Ethnic Studies programs, in which all students have access, in any high school district in Ventura County. Research demonstrates that Ethnic Studies curriculum can help close the achievement gap, reduce student truancy, increase student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and increase graduation rates.

Further, we advocate for the establishment of Ethnic Studies curriculum at all levels, high school, secondary, and elementary. It is time that all Ventura County students have access to Ethnic Studies courses -- courses that inspire and motivate young people to connect in meaningful ways to the larger community. Several high school districts throughout the state are implementing Ethnic Studies programs, including the largest district in CA, Los Angeles Unified High School District. Ventura County has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this state-wide educational movement.

Who's signing

Luis Espinosa
Stephanie Laufenberg
Vincent Williams
Nicole Craig
Anna Lee Hicks
Chelsea Neve
Rennee Dehesa
Mark Mendelsohn
jennifer eggertsen
Maria Ornelas
Amy White
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  • Mark Makai
    signed 2017-02-06 18:27:22 -0800
  • Jeffrey Chandler
    signed via 2017-02-06 16:25:38 -0800
  • Luis Espinosa
    signed via 2017-02-06 16:09:49 -0800
    Luis Espinosa
  • Dawn Espinosa
    signed via 2017-02-06 16:07:03 -0800
  • erendira mccormick
    signed via 2017-02-06 15:43:21 -0800
  • Stephanie Laufenberg
    signed 2017-02-06 15:01:25 -0800
  • Ariel Murillo
    signed 2017-02-06 13:56:02 -0800
  • Vincent Williams
    signed 2017-02-06 12:23:00 -0800
  • Nicole Craig
    signed 2017-02-06 12:08:46 -0800
  • Anna Lee Hicks
    signed 2017-02-06 11:45:38 -0800
  • Hannah Perez
    signed 2017-02-06 11:30:11 -0800
  • Chelsea Neve
    signed 2017-02-06 10:43:45 -0800
    Chelsea Neve
  • Marilyn Green
    signed 2017-02-06 09:55:02 -0800
  • Jonathan Horton
    signed 2017-02-06 08:52:56 -0800
  • Rennee Dehesa
    signed 2017-02-06 07:25:28 -0800
    Rennee R Dehesa
  • Jake Donaldson
    signed 2017-02-06 07:03:11 -0800
  • Sara Hadley
    signed 2017-02-06 05:53:34 -0800
  • Monica Lindsay
    signed via 2017-02-06 01:03:13 -0800
    Monica R Lindsay
  • jasmine franco
    signed via 2017-02-05 23:59:24 -0800
  • Julia Carroll
    signed 2017-02-05 23:07:40 -0800
  • Shirley Palomino
    signed via 2017-02-05 22:31:06 -0800
  • Kathleen Morris
    signed 2017-02-05 22:00:15 -0800
    The students who did what they did along with there parents might do well in being educated in what it is to BE a human being, being human. We are all in this together. And we all make it or none of us do! Does’nt look good right now and we can shift the climate from no trust to trust, from no respect to respect. From hate to love, from not forgiving to forgiveness. From no integrity to one where integrity makes a difference. To being grateful for everything we’ve got.
  • Mark Mendelsohn
    signed 2017-02-05 20:52:52 -0800
  • Sarah Ilana
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-05 20:47:26 -0800
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  • Sarah Flam
    signed 2017-02-05 20:47:08 -0800
  • Sharon Lee Kufeldt
    signed 2017-02-05 20:39:33 -0800
  • jennifer eggertsen
    signed 2017-02-05 20:35:25 -0800
    jennifer eggertsen
  • Maria Ornelas
    signed 2017-02-05 20:32:45 -0800
    We are an immigrant nation. It is thus imperative that we provide young people of all races the opportunity to learn about the contributions made by all citizens to build this United States of America.
  • Amy White
    signed via 2017-02-05 20:17:52 -0800
  • Miguel Heredia
    signed via 2017-02-05 18:51:31 -0800