AASA Statement on Racial Unrest in Charlottesville


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – August 17, 2017 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today on the events that unfolded in Charlottesville last weekend.

“A new school year is about to start. Unfortunately, every student, from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade, will be impacted by the horrifying events that took place last weekend in a community — Charlottesville, Va. — that is near and dear to my heart. The basic rights and wrongs that we, as educators and parents, have been trying to teach our children have been challenged by what we’ve been reading about or have seen on our television screens.

“The question now becomes, how do we as school system leaders pull through? How do we move forward at a time when more than 50 percent of our nation’s students are children of color? What directions do we take when scores of young people are the children of immigrants and English language learners? How can we focus on test scores and academic outcomes when the most basic fabric of our society is being torn apart?

“There is no better time than now to view every public school as the most fundamental foundation of our communities. There is no better time than now to speak loud and clear about the value of public education and the positive impact educators make on the children they serve.

“I would like to thank our public school system leaders, principals, teachers and district staff for the outstanding work they do in their efforts to mold our nation’s young people to stay strong, respectful of differences and engaged in the public discourse, especially at a time when our nation’s morals are being tainted by a select few.

“I encourage you to visit a new section of our website aimed to profile AASA’s I Love Public Education  (#LovePublicEducation) campaign. Launched in July 2017, the campaign is designed to facilitate deliberate conversations and strong, meaningful actions to bolster our schools to best support the students they serve. We will work to reframe the current national dialogue on public education to highlight the critical role public schools play as the bedrock of our society and their work to prepare students to be successful and contributing members of their local, national and global communities.

“This is clearly a matter of equity — an issue that confronts us in public education. AASA provides a collection of resources on equity for school system leaders at all levels to help them and their teams succeed. Please visit the equity section of our website.”    


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.