AASA Issues Statement on Recent Violence Against Asian Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – March 18, 2021 – Today, Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement in response to the latest violence pitted against Asian Americans.

“AASA condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the recent unrest in Georgia that has resulted in the killings of several Asian American women, escalating a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes nationwide. These senseless acts of violence are adding a new layer of fear in our communities large and small throughout the country at a time when our school systems are shifting toward more in-person instruction.

“As school district leaders continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of half a million Americans, this violence opens a fresh wound in our society that is affecting the efforts of our administrators, building leaders, teachers and other educators who are working diligently every single day to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of our young learners while trying to eliminate the learning loss that has taken place over the past year.

“AASA remains committed to equity, working to prepare and support school system leaders who value equity, and to dismantling systemic racism and discrimination. We remain committed to support the efforts of our school districts to ensure that the safety and welfare of all students and staff remains a top priority.”

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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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.