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United Together Against Racism - A joint letter from The School Superintendents of Orange County, NY


To read the letters in full, please click the following links or read the letters below: United Together letter - English, United Together letter - Spanish.

June 12th, 2020

To Our Beloved Orange County,

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  - James Baldwin

All across our country, people of all colors and ages are exercising their constitutional right to speak out against injustice, including racial injustice. As a united group of Orange County School Superintendents we stand in solidarity with those who stand against the inequities that plague communities across our country.

Our calling as school leaders has always been to address the imperfections of our democracy through one of its most powerful tools - education. Through these difficult times we are reminded that our children are watching.

As educators, we hold most dearly the great responsibility of providing for a better future by ensuring that the lives of the children entrusted to our care are made better through education, including an understanding of our democracy and a commitment to equality and justice.

As leaders of your school districts we pledge to work together to continue the conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion in pursuit of solutions. We will continue to review our practices and procedures to ensure that students in our care have equal access to programs that provide opportunities that allow our children to become the people they dream of becoming. This will include, but will not be limited to all levels of academic programs and special education services. We will continue to promote hiring practices that encourage diversity so that our faculty and staff can become more reflective of our communities.

Together, we will get through this most difficult time for our country and our communities. If you have ideas or experiences that you believe can help as we navigate our way forward, we encourage you to share them with your school leaders. We welcome the conversation.

Sincerely,

The School Superintendents of Orange County, NY

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12 de junio 2020

Para Nuestro Amado Condado de Orange,

“No todo lo que se enfrenta se puede cambiar, pero nada se puede cambiar hasta que se enfrente.”

- James Baldwin

A través de todo nuestro país, personas de todos los colores y edades están ejerciendo su derecho constitucional de denunciar la injusticia, incluida la injusticia racial. Como grupo unido de Superintendentes Escolares del Condado de Orange, nos solidarizamos con aquellos que se oponen a las desigualdades que afectan a las comunidades a través de todo el país.

Nuestro llamado como líderes escolares siempre ha sido abordar las imperfecciones de nuestra democracia a través de una de sus herramientas más poderosas: la educación. A través de estos tiempos difíciles, se nos recuerda que nuestros hijos están mirando. Como educadores, tenemos la gran responsabilidad de proporcionar un futuro mejor garantizando que la vida de los niños confiados a nuestro cuidado mejora a través de la educación, incluida la comprensión de nuestra democracia y un compromiso a la igualdad y la justicia.

Como líderes de sus distritos escolares, nos comprometemos a trabajar juntos para continuar las conversaciones sobre equidad, diversidad e inclusión en la búsqueda de soluciones. Continuaremos revisando nuestras practices y procedimientos para asegurar que los estudiantes bajo nuestro cuidado tengan igual acceso a programas que brinden oportunidades que permitan a nuestros hijos convertirse en las personas que sueñan con ser. Esto incluirá, pero no se limitará a todos los niveles de programas académicos y servicios de educación especial. Continuaremos promoviendo prácticas de contratación que fomenten la diversidad para que nuestra facultad y el personal puedan ser más reflexivas de nuestras comunidades.

Juntos, superaremos este momento tan difícil para nuestro país y nuestras comunidades. Si tiene ideas o experiencias que cree que pueden ayudar a medida que avanzamos, les animamos que las comparta con los líderes de su escuela. Damos una acogida a la conversación.

Sinceramente,

Los Superintendentes Escolares del Condado de Orange, NY


ATTENTION: Are your scholars or colleagues doing something great? Please contact the district Communications Strategist, Cassie Sklarz (csklarz@necsd.net). We’d love to visit your class or event and/or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district!







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