Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities
By Jonathan Abad
As the nation takes a huge step back in women's rights and respect with last week's controversial supreme court nomination, our own community move forward in a big way to make a positive statement when the Santa Barbara Unified School district renewed its contract tonight with the valuable programming provided by Just Communities.
Following over forty public comments supporting Just Communities, the Santa Barbara Unified School District unanimously adopted and renewed its contract to continue empowering our teens into grooming them to become future leaders of America. The board stood out and supported the program despite very harsh criticism and threats of legal actions from far-right groups that claimed the program incited hatred to white people and religion.
The more than 40 people the spoke in support and the more than two dozen that spoke in support during last month's meeting have thoroughly convinced the board that the truth could not be further from the claim. A stark contrast to the US Senate debacle of last week's supreme court judge nomination. In fact, the dialogue in tonight's meeting has exposed blatant falsehoods in the claims against the program garnering it even more support than it started with.
Congratulations to the people from Just Communities and well deserved praises for the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board for bucking the nation's trends in moving backward by listening to their constituents in tonight's decision.