As citizens of DeKalb County each of us is responsible for our public school system. We are responsible not merely for our neighborhood school but the entire school system of which it is a part. The current challenges to our public school system (DCSS) are many. And they are severe. But these challenges must be met. And it is our responsibility to meet them.
We must move past the "us versus them" mentality that divides our community and undermines our progress.
We must recognize the reality that we are all in this together. Each of us is bound to the other. Our individual success is dependent upon the success of every other member of our community.
None of my daughters will ever have a genuine opportunity until every child has a genuine opportunity. None of my daughters will truly realize their dreams until every child can realize theirs. None of us will truly taste success until each and every one of us is able to achieve success.
It's that simple.
None of the children in DCSS will be getting the best possible education until every child in DCSS is getting the best possible education.
We must move past our petty differences, discard our ineffective approaches and abandon the divisions of our past. We must put aside our childish ways and accept our responsibilities as citizens of our community.
We should seize these responsiblities gladly. For they are the duties that define our character and satisfy our spirit. And in honoring them we honor each other.
As citizens of this community we must seize this moment in our collective history. This is our time. We must dedicate ourselves to the goal of assuring every student in our public schools the best possible education.
Not the best for some, not the best for most, but the best for each and every single child. Regardless of address, affluence, race, religion or other identifier, every single child in this system must be given every opportunity, every advantage and every chance to learn, develop and grow.
We must dedicate ourselves to working relentlessly toward this goal. For if we fail a single child we will fail our community. If we fail a single child we will fail our selves.
And in this moment, in this time, in this new era of responsibility, failure is not an option.