Resolution to Support Ethnic Studies in Marin County High School Districts

Resolution to Support Ethnic Studies in Marin County High School Districts

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Marin County Youth Commission Education Subcommittee

Resolution to Support Ethnic Studies in Marin County High School Districts

WHEREAS, it is crucial that the lessons taught in all high schools are indicative of the experiences and stories of all students and more specifically reflective of the racial and cultural diversity present in Marin County; and 

WHEREAS, ethnic studies will help to address and identify racism in our schools and communities. Because ethnic studies supports the recognition of privilege and systems harmful to marginalized groups, it will be a step towards healing divisions and starting necessary dialogue on a countywide level; and

WHEREAS, ethnic studies shifts central thinking to communities and demographics of people who have been marginalized and disproportionately affected, both currently and historically ; and

WHEREAS, Implementing ethnic studies has been shown to help student performance According to a study done by researchers at Stanford, students who took ethnic studies reported GPA improvements by an average of 1.4 points, and additionally reported feeling more empowered by the school system to take action and make change in their respective communities; and

WHEREAS, the presence of ethnic studies has been shown to create better school environments. According to research conducted by Stanford University, when ethnic studies courses were present in high schools, overall attendance rose by approximately 21 percent, and test scores and graduation rates increased.

WHEREAS, statistics project that the United States will become majority POC by 2045. Therefore, learning about other cultures and peoples will be critical in allowing students to prepare for future professional settings and work environments; and

WHEREAS, many other school districts in california such as LAUSD, SFUSD and Santa Rosa City Schools have passed ethnic studies graduation requirements, and the high school ethnic studies bill AB 331 will likely be reintroduced in the California State Legislature. Thus, creating an ethnic studies program in Marin County will help Marin County Schools follow the leadership of other districts while staying ahead of the curve; and 

WHEREAS, ethnic studies is already starting to become mandated at the state public university level. For instance, Assembly Bill 1460 makes ethnic studies courses mandatory on 23 CSU campuses. As such, lower level implementation of ethnic studies will prepare Marin County students for concepts they will encounter in higher education.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Marin County Office of Education formally supports ethnic studies at the high school level and teaching of raced based curricula; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Marin County Office of Education will support the training of BIPOC educators in order to teach these courses. Support may include empowering BIPOC teachers to utilize a wide range of resources, including personal experiences, to adapt the curriculum as they see fit; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Marin County Office of Education acknowledges the importance of ethnic studies in professional and career related settings. This may include the growing importance of ethnic studies in college classes, University of California A-G requirements, and cultural competency in education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the ethnic studies curricula supported by the Marin County Office of Education places specific emphasis on the local ramifications of racism and colonialism. Such examples may include analysis of the indigenous people of Marin and different ethnic communities here; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Marin County Office of Education will support local high schools and high school districts with curriculum development. Potential means to accomplish this may include equity based training, online libraries, and other educational materials; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Marin County Office of Education commits itself to giving autonomy to young people to be involved in the process of ethnic studies implementation. In order to achieve this, MCOE shall convene a racially and geographically diverse group of youth known as the MCOE Youth Ethnic Studies (YES) Board to provide input and guidance in regards to the creation of ethnic studies curricula.

 

 

 

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