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A Statement from ACT on the Verdict in the Murder of George Floyd

ACT is heartened by the just verdict issued in the murder of George Floyd. While nothing can truly heal the pain of the loss for George’s family and community, this verdict is a step toward accountability. Now is the time to reflect on the systemic changes that must be made in order to make progress toward true equity and justice.

If we are to change, first we must learn. We must learn from the hideous stain of systemic racism and the damage it causes to people and communities. We must learn by listening to the Black community. And we must find ways to better serve students, families, and communities that have, for too long, faced barriers simply because of the color of their skin.

ACT believes deeply in the power of education to change lives, to change history. We reaffirm our commitment to equity and justice, standing ready to continue the work alongside leaders in the education and civil rights communities so that all people are afforded the opportunity to achieve their potential.

George Floyd’s life mattered. Black lives matter.