Following police brutality protests in local cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Santa Ana Unified is the first school district in the country to create an ethnic studies course that will be a graduation requirement in 2022. The requirement is something for which members of the community have voiced support.
Educators, parents and school district alumni urged the school board to adopt the requirement,
arguing that such a condition will improve attendance, graduation rates and develop critical thinking skills. An educator and parent stated that, “The racism and systemic oppression that permeates all of our institutions are what have brought us to today’s reality.”