TAKE ACTION: Save Ethnic Studies

UPDATED AUG 3rd, 2020: Based on a release of revisions by the CA Department of Education, it's become clear that Arab American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies have been cut! We only have a few more days to pile on the pressure to save our Ethnic Studies curriculum—it will finalized by the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) on August 13th. Write your letter today!  

Use the one-click letter-writing tool to send a email to the CA Department of Education, Superintendent Tony Thurmond, and President of the State Board of Education Linda Darling-Hammond: Don’t shut out Arab-American experiences from students’ education in California. 

The biggest education system in the US—California’s—is about to make an incredibly consequential decision:

Will it institute a Ethnic Studies curriculum that uplifts the stories of all communities of color or reject one that includes Arab Americans—bending to the desires of pro-Israel groups who simply don't agree? 

Please submit public comments in support of the CA Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum!

For almost a year, teachers, activists, students, and community members have been struggling to convince the CA Board of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to keep the CA Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) intact, including the proposed Arab American studies curriculum. We have been opposed by a well-funded right-wing campaign aimed at eliminating the Arab American content and branding any mention of Palestine as anti-semitic.

That fight is now coming to a head. On August 13, 2020, the IQC is meeting to consider a revised curriculum. Arab American scholars have been shut out of the revision process. We won’t get to see the specific content until August 3, but the IQC says they are using public comment to guide their revision. They need to hear from all of us that we consider Arab American Studies a critical and integral component to Ethnic Studies!

Use the one-click letter-writing tool to send a email to the CA Department of Education, Superintendent Tony Thurmond, and President of the State Board of Education Linda Darling-Hammond: Don’t shut out Arab-American experiences from students’ education in California. 

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