Starting in 2023, Santa Barbara Unified School District high school curriculum will require ethnic studies coursework as a graduation prerequisite. The new requirement is in large part the result of three years of persistent organizing by the Santa Barbara Ethnic Studies Now! Coalition, a group including students, educators, parents, and other activists that have rallied to provide high school students with an education that better reflects multicultural backgrounds and experiences.
Santa Barbara Unified School District board members unanimously voted to require ethnic studies coursework as a graduation prerequisite.
Ethnic Studies to Become Graduation Requirement
School Board Votes Unanimously for 2023 Start Date