Arizona schools, students take action after protests for justice and reform. See more state education news here

| June 16, 2020

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Story by Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

Arizona schools are taking action to ensure schools are equitable, safe places for students of color following recent protests for justice and police reform after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died May 25th after a white Minneapolis Police Officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

That same day, Dion Johnson, an unarmed Black man, was fatally shot by an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer after he was found asleep in the driver’s seat of a vehicle stopped on Loop 101. Protests began in Phoenix on Thursday, May 28th and have continued each evening since then.

Last night, Balsz School District Governing Board unanimously approved a resolution to address systemic racism towards Black students and pledged to continue to prioritize and target Black students’ academic achievement, said Channel Powe, board president of the Phoenix school district that serves more than 2,340 students, who are predominantly Latino and Black with many from immigrant, refugee, homeless and other marginalized communities.

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