We acknowledge the pain, fear, frustration and anger of many in our community and we remain committed to helping to heal these wounds. We believe in the power of education and will use this opportunity not only to teach our children, but learn from them as well as we strive for a more equitable future.
I would like to reaffirm the statement made by Anna Maria Chávez, Executive Director and CEO of the National School Board Association (NSBA). In part she says, “Strong public schools are a vital part of the solution. The NSBA believes education is a civil right, and the work of school board members is vitally important in this area right now. As the guardians of the institution that is the greatest equalizer in our society, school board members have a great opportunity to bring about meaningful, positive change so the civil rights of everyone in society are honored.”
I would like to pledge to the City of Fairfax community that we are here to listen and always strive do better. I ask each and every member of our City schools family – students, parents, teachers and administrators to work with us to create an environment for all of our students to thrive.