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Statement from Superintendent Cassellius

Below is a statement from Superintendent Cassellius in response to the recent resignations of Boston School Committee members:

The challenges BPS face will require both district accountability and community healing. I will work alongside the Boston School Committee to continue our work with our stakeholders as we dismantle systemic barriers to opportunity and open up access for our students.

The information shared recently is disappointing and hurtful to the Boston Public Schools community, and to our larger efforts to combat racism in all forms. This is especially true after a year of racial reckoning and personal reflection unlike any other.

I respect the decisions of School Committee Chair Alex Oliver-Dávila and School Committee Member Lorna Rivera, who have determined that continuing in their roles would be a distraction from the important work that lies ahead for BPS as we confront the legacy of policies and practices that for too long have contributed in disparate outcomes for Black and Brown students. 

I thank them for their years of dedicated service to our students, families and schools. As a woman of color, I have experienced discrimination throughout my life and understand the lasting pain caused by hateful words and actions.

Our dedication to building a district that actively combats racism and discrimination will not waiver. Despite changes in the School Committee membership, we must maintain a laser focus on our students' academic success and well-being. We remain steadfast in our commitment to high quality academic opportunities, meaningful social and emotional support for every student in every classroom, and our guiding values to affirm and welcome all students and cultivate trust with our families.