watching, listening and reflecting on the events happening across our nation in
which citizens are speaking out against social injustice and in support of
equity, fairness, and equality for all.
past few days, I have seen public figures and public entities make statements
in support of our African American community and against the injustices that we
have seen. These words are needed and
appreciated because what has happened in our democracy is wrong. I have
also been thinking about action, because I am convinced that our actions reflect
our character, our intentions, and our dispositions. Ultimately, our actions or reactions are what
we have control of as human beings.
superintendent of Paducah Public Schools, I want our community to see
congruency between our words and our actions. So, I want to briefly mention four
ongoing commitments we have made to the community as we pursue equity, fairness
and justice together.
1) We are
committed to our district’s vision to “know each and every child by name and
district’s vision for half a decade has inclusion and equity at its core. “Each
and every” means inclusion of all races, all religions, and all socio-economic
demographics. And when our vision talks about knowing each individual student’s
needs it speaks to our common goal of equity. Every child has unique needs. Our
system strives to differentiate how we serve each child so that our efforts
effectively meet their needs. There is
still much work to be done in our pursuit of this vision, but we are committed
to serving all students with fairness and equity.