Published: 6/12/2020 5:41:09 PM

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As leaders of local school districts and the Collaborative for Educational Services, we want to express our sorrow and outrage over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and other black Americans.

These deaths at the hands of local authorities are among the most recent and glaring manifestations of the systemic and individual racism that infects our nation. This racism also exists in countless less explicit and yet pervasive ways that perpetuate inequities and contradict our most sacred values of liberty and justice for all.

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 is one example. Another is the lack of equitable access, opportunities and outcomes in American education. We also acknowledge

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