Dear Supporter Ji,
For the first time, the Arizona State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether they will include Sikhism in their history and social science standards.
The vote is scheduled for October 22, 2018 and this is the first time in 13 years that Arizona has revisited these standards. It will be another generation before they revisit them again. This important vote will determine if Sikhism and other minority faiths are included in the history and social science standards that reach 270,000 public school students every year.
We need you to take immediate action so that Arizona board of education members understand why teaching Sikhism in public schools is so important.
Please sign the petition so that we can show the support from thousands of Sikh community members nationwide before the vote!
For nearly 12 months, the Sikh Coalition has been working strategically with Sikh community members in Arizona to secure this victory. In April 2018, the draft standards created by educators included Sikhism and were proposed to the Arizona State Board of Education.
However, in recent weeks, the outgoing Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, introduced a last-minute proposal that could eliminate Sikhism from the new history and social science standards.
We need you to take action NOW to prevent this from happening.
Since 2007, the Sikh Coalition has been working to have Sikhism included accurately in public schools across the country. To date, we have secured the inclusion of Sikhism in New Jersey, New York, California, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado and Idaho. In the next ten years, we have the goal of making sure that Sikhism is included in every state curriculum standard in our efforts to make our classrooms safer and more inclusive for Sikh students.
Arizona needs your help. We thank you for your support.
Chardi Kala (eternal optimism),
The Sikh Coalition
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