It is evident from curriculum to discipline policies that too many schools and districts systematically disregard the lives of our Black students and community members.
However none of this information is a surprise to many of the local Black school activists and leaders, both students and parents, who have for years demanded action. Sadly too many administrators and teachers perpetuate these dramatic injustices. In Oregon this means too many white administrators and white teachers.
This is a grave injustice that we refuse to tolerate. We call on school district leaders to increase investment in our schools, coupled with an anti-racist, pro-justice curriculum and policies.
We, Critical Educators Collective, affirm that Black Lives Matter in our schools and support the National Black Lives Matter movement and Week of Action. We commit to taking action in our schools, and it is our hope that school leaders engage in ongoing critical reflection and hold honest conversations about racial justice in our communities
We will prepare ourselves for this movement at our general assembly meeting this Sunday, where we will engage with the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter and share out our plans for next week.
According to national organizers, including issues of racial justice in the classroom not only affirms the identities of our students and their families but it is also essential for fostering critical engagement with the world.