The Humboldt County School Board voted unanimously to support the “I Love Public Education” campaign brought forth by AASA, The School Superintendents Association (AASA) during the Sept. 26 meeting.
The year-long campaign seeks to “highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations that will maintain our country’s status as a world leader,” according to the campaign website.
The Resolution in Support of Public Education reaffirms the overall goals of public education, including supporting an “inclusive, safe and innovative quality public education system that ensures all students can succeed, regardless of their zip code, the color of their skin, their native language, their gender/gender identity, their immigrant status, their religion or their social standing.”
Days before the 2017-2018 school year began, Dr. John Draper addressed Humboldt County school administrators and community leaders about the misconception that U.S. public education is “failing.” Though untrue, that criticism has existed for decades, he said. And criticism of public schools has increased surrounding the
AASA’s campaign also addresses the criticism that public education is failing. One of the campaign’s aims is to “work to reframe the current national dialogue on public education to highlight the critical role public schools play as the bedrock of our civic society.”
Humboldt County School District Board Chairman Bruce Bragington said, “Our public education system is one of the foundations of our country, and has played a key role in making America the great country that it is.
“Increasingly in recent years, however, our public education system, teachers, administrators and staff have come under attack. While public education is not perfect, as a Board we felt it was important to add our voices to those of the AASA and other public school system Boards of Trustees in expressing support for public education. We believe that a healthy public education system is essential to the security and health of our communities, state and nation.”
Those interested in learning more can visit the campaign website at http://lovepubliceducation.org.