1. Seattle Public Schools is home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country, attracting a federal investigation by the Department of Education.
2. Research demonstrates that ethnic studies courses – which focus the curricula on groups that have been poorly served by public education – increase achievement, credits earned, and attendance for the most marginalized students.
3. Seattle Public Schools has declared its commitment to ending racial disparities, yet the current curricula and standards in Seattle Public Schools fail to reflect the diverse histories, experiences, and perspectives of students of color.
4. Ethnic studies courses benefit White students, who disproportionately have the privilege to ignore the realities of racism.
5. Beyond the classroom, ethnic studies courses are an important step in empowering students to become active citizens and agents of social justice within our communities.
6. Portland Public Schools and the State of California have mandated ethnic studies for their students.
7. We are urging Seattle Public Schools to do the same.