A note on current events from our Executive Director,
MPDE is saddened by the event of George Floyd's demise at the hand of a police officer in Minneapolis, and the blatant reminder that the state of the union is still at odds with the promise of freedom and justice for all. The protests that have emerged from almost every major city across the country is testimony that the relative passive objection to these brutal acts that has been perpetuated, is now a loud and demanding active voice for immediate change. We, an organization promoting positive action for change, denounce the element of violence and destruction that has invaded the peaceful intent of these protests.
MPDE joins in the protest of the murder of George Floyd on behalf of the children within the districts of MPDE, and all children across the nation who are the beneficiaries of the society we leave for them to inherit. The message of this protest is to finally and decisively demand decisions to enact systemic governmental changes to uproot the pandemic of racism deeply embedded and a plague in this country for centuries. This resonates with MPDE's mission for equitable conditions and practices for the academic success of all students and the professional experience of all educators.
MPDE's and the national efforts for equitable increase in the number of educators of color to match the demographic population of students, and the development of environmental and culturally prepared school districts for culturally integrated learning, will fall short educationally if not connected to a common message in the external environment. Forging consistencies between the world of school and the world of home, community and country, regarding social justice for all, must emerge from this tragedy.
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