The recent tragic events are weighing heavy on our hearts, as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others should still be with us. At City Education Partners, we understand that the current anger is over 400 years in the making. Structural racism is a pandemic with a far higher death toll than COVID-19 and, like the virus, we must all commit to doing all we can to fight it.
Black Lives Matter. We stand for justice for those that have suffered and are suffering today, and we stand for swift and permanent action to ensure that no further damage is done.
Systemic racism is not limited only to our justice system. Though hundreds of thousands of students here in San Antonio say the words, “with liberty and justice for all” in the Pledge of Allegiance each day, they do not equally experience them. We see racial disparities in student academic outcomes, discipline rates, and college attendance and we know that these conditions have nothing to do with the innate ability of our children of color.
CEP is committed to transforming public education in San Antonio to ensure that every child of current and future generations attend a high-quality school. Across the schools and systems with whom we partner, more than 95% of students are students of color.
We are committed to continuing to invest to create the space for learning and dialogue about racial equity, as we know we have work to do on ourselves, our organization, and our community.
We are committed to listening to, partnering with, and investing in Black and Latino community members and rising leaders in order to realize the potential of every student.
We are committed to working on ourselves, our organization, and our community to ensure that our personal and collective efforts live out and advance equity.
We still believe in our collective potential to achieve liberty and justice for all. We are redoubling our efforts to make it a reality and we welcome a partnership to bring it about.
We understand that we are the part of the problem and we are committed to being part of the solution. We welcome your feedback and ask that you keep us accountable to these commitments. We believe in our collective potential to do the work needed to ensure liberty and justice for all.