Resolution on the Commitment of Tempe Elementary School
District Governing Board to Black Students and Black Lives
WHEREAS, George Floyd, a Black man, died after a police officer knelt on his neck, while he was handcuffed and lying face down; current events have enhanced the need for communities and leaders to stand in solidarity and unequivocally declare that the lives of Black students and Black people in our community matter; and
WHEREAS, stating that Black Lives Matter does not negate our commitment to all members of our community, but rather elevates Black people, who have historically been oppressed by our society, and affirming that their lives, specifically, matter; and
WHEREAS, throughout our history, institutional and structural racism and injustice have led to deepening racial disparities across all sectors of society and have lasting negative consequences for our communities and nation; and
WHEREAS, police use of excessive and militarized force, particularly against Black people, is amongst the most serious ongoing human right and civil liberty violation in the United States and has led to a decrease in public safety and the exacerbation of structural inequities; and
WHEREAS, Black community members continue to experience microaggressions, racial profiling, hate incidents, and racial bias in all systems they encounter, at all institutional levels and
WHEREAS, we believe that silence and inaction perpetuate injustice, bias, and racism.
WHEREAS, our public schools are facilitators of the limitless growth potential of all students, with a charge to instill in our youth a belief that every person deserves to live with dignity, be valued for their inherent humanity, and be treated ethically; and
WHEREAS, it is essential to recognize the experiences, honor the history, and highlight the contributions of Black people while ensuring that every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive; and
WHEREAS, these efforts are aligned with our focus on equity and the recognition that valuing the diversity among all students, staff, and community members is integral to our vision of preparing today's students to be the leaders of tomorrow.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tempe Elementary School Board stands firmly against bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, inequity in all forms, both institutional and individual, and biases in our government systems. We will actively engage in the work of dismantling problematic practices that are limiting opportunities for Black students and families.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Tempe Elementary School District is committed to continuing restorative justice practices, implicit bias training, culturally relevant courses, and resources that foster dialogue around equity. We celebrate our diversity and will provide the necessary resources and supports to eliminate barriers to success and foster a more equitable future for all of our students; and
FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tempe Elementary School District believes that Black Lives Matter.