Tennessee Charter School Center Statement Regarding Death of George Floyd and Police Brutality
The Tennessee Charter School Center team has been heartbroken by the unjust killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
TCSC works to promote equity in public education across the state. Tennessee’s public charter schools serve majority students of color, students who live with the stress and fear many Americans are speaking out against in the wake of Floyd’s death and the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other unarmed black Americans this year and in many years past. Public charter schools exist to offer powerful educational opportunities to communities that have long been underserved. These schools play a role in breaking the cycles of opportunity gaps and poverty that disproportionately impact communities of color in Tennessee and across the country. But this won't matter as much if the world that awaits students outside of the walls of school are unjust and inequitable.
We stand with those who work to dismantle systems of injustice and inequity, and we denounce the systemic racism that has created achievement and opportunity gaps throughout generations of communities of color. It will take the efforts of all Americans to bring about positive change.
As the schools that the Tennessee Charter School Center serves continue to create opportunities in public education, our organization will continue to work towards equity in schools and communities.
ABOUT THE TENNESSEE CHARTER SCHOOL CENTER
As the state's primary charter school support organization, the Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) is leading the movement for effective policy, excellent schools, quality operators and informed communities. We are driven by our mission to serve students and families, advocate for the conditions and resources that facilitate quality, and represent a coalition of schools that are committed to the values of equity, diversity, collaboration, integrity, and excellence we stand for. Our vision is for all students in Tennessee to have access to a high quality public education. Learn more at www.tnchartercenter.org.