LOS ANGELES, CA – Myrna Castrejón, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today in response to news reports about racist remarks by members of the Los Angeles City Council.
Said Ms. Castrejón:
“No child or family should feel targeted by a public official’s hateful attacks, and it is profoundly disturbing to learn of the unacceptable and outrageous comments shared by three Los Angeles city councilmembers.
“Elected leaders are public servants who must represent all constituents and communities. They have a responsibility to serve the public interest and uphold high standards of personal integrity. The behavior by the councilmembers was beyond reprehensible and compromises the public’s trust.
“As educators, we play a unique and important role in upholding values of inclusion and equality within our schools and embracing the vision of a more just world, to which we commit in word and deed.
“Everyone that serves the public must send a strong message that anti-black racism, disparaging Indigenous peoples, and the LGBTQIA community cannot be normalized in the halls of power– whether in public or in private. Integrity is how you behave when no one is looking.”
About the California Charter Schools Association
The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to build great public schools of joy and rigor that prepare all California students for success in college, career, community, and life. The mission of CCSA is to meet parent, educator, and community need for great public school options by supporting and advocating for high quality non-profit charter schools and sharing their success throughout California’s public schools. Learn more.