County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold, a longtime advocate for equity and member of the the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), joins CAAASA in mourning the passing and celebrating the life and legacy of Representative John R. Lewis.
Lewis was interviewed during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference regarding a state and national initiative called Education Is A Civil Right. Here is his testimony.
"As Representative Lewis always said, 'education is the great equalizer," said Dr. Gothold. "It is essential that every child receives the supports and opportunities they need and deserve to achieve their fullest academic and social potential -- so that every child has a foundation for success. Schools must be on the forefront of conversations on race, socioeconomic status, and implicit bias in our systems. Social or cultural factors should not predict whether or not students are prepared for college and career. "
To deliver on the promise of educational equity for all students, the San Diego County Board of Education and San Diego County Office of Education are committed to providing educational opportunities and support to district and school leaders, teachers and other stakeholders so that all students, including our historically underserved students, are served well and are successful.