I am saddened for our nation as we continue to suffer from the pain and division caused by social injustice. The merciless killing of George Floyd while in the custody of police officers once again demonstrates that we have not achieved the pledge of “justice for all.” These painful reminders are too frequent, and they destroy hope. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I echo these remarks and say, injustice to anyone is a threat to justice for everyone. Our nation must do better.

As a school system, we value equity, and we must be leaders in modeling that value for our community. During these tumultuous times, let us stand for the rights of all students, staff, and members of our community by not judging others based on the color of their skin, identity, culture, or background. Let us empathize with the intense pain felt by our neighbors. We must speak out against statements and actions that diminish the value of others. We must stand together to end injustice. Let our actions lead to positive change.

We teach our students that their voices matter. Now is the time for all of our voices to be heard — in support of justice, in support of peace, and in support of true equality.

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FCPSAdmin

Someone should ask Kevonte Duckett about Alban’s commitment to racial equity.

timothygaydos

So true Superintendent on what you state.... now answer the famous question for more than 40 years or more in this state of MD which has been controlled by the Democratic Party especially in the major cities and counties - it should already be in place in this State not to mention the County of Frederick...

DickD

Education and opportunity is what the black community needs. Just focus On making sure our black children are prepared for the opportunities we need to give them.

bosco

Agree totally, DickD, the opportunity of a public education pulled me out of a lower class environment (we were poor and didn't know it) and coaching by my elders to ignore the tauntdt of my peeti for wanting to advance my station in life. The opportunities are there if one will only take advantage of them.[ninja]

DickD

It makes a difference where you grow up too. I grew up in a small town, failing wasn't an option if you were capable.

fnpzwack

I would be happy with judging people by the content of their character, but liberals won’t allow that anymore. Too many bad character individuals get special treatment because liberals have insane second hand guilt.

marinick1

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awteam2000

fnpzwack, Why are you on the defense? Why do you feel necessary to express you judge by measuring “people by the content of their character”? If you really do, why would you be unhappy with “all of our voices to be heard — in support of justice, in support of peace, and in support of true equality?” Aren’t those measurements of character?🤷‍♂️ You makes no sense.

Be honest, do you unconditionally judge people by their “character“, or do perceive others, strangers as potentially criminal, possible threats, especially brown people needing greater scrutiny - unless they prove to you they aren’t? If you did, you wouldn’t be commenting like the “ Usual Suspects” (timothygaydos, marinick👍, and Bosco) suffering from “fear of others”. Do you see society judging you in the same manner? Or, does being ‘white’ gives you first line “carte blanche”?

DickD

And you have no empathy!

bosco

Alban said "let us stand for the rights of all students, staff, and members of our community by not judging others based on the color of their skin, identity, culture, or background".....but the school system does judge others based on the color of their skin when they look past the actions of disruptive students and mete out discipline or the lack thereof based on the color of their skin by worrying that disciplinary rates must match the percentage of that color in the total population. When that happens, students learn that if you have the complexion for the connection, you can get a pass by crying racism. Justice must be equal and color-blind to be fair.

marinick1

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threecents

The complexion for the connections is generally white.

procommunity

Spot on! Not to mention FCPS is ONLY about the numbers. They have "alternative Learning Center" in a school, which means they stick disruptive black kids in a room all day, and get away with not suspending on paper! FACT! Frederick County is 10% black but Heather Ridge (school for disruptive kids) was 50%! They have a Twilight Program for ages 16 and up, yet 13 year old black kids would be placed in that program! These are facts, Alban knows it!

bosco

What do you suggest the public school system do with kids who, along with their parents in many cases, have clearly demonstrated that they have no interest in taking advantage of the free education? Their behavior also disrupts the learning of the other kids there to learn. What would you do?[ninja]

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