The country has lost a consummate statesman and civil rights icon. U.S. Representative John Lewis committed his life to the ideals of equality, freedom, and human rights. He advanced his ideas with grace and determination, and he was a model of a compassionate advocate.

Rep. Lewis was a champion of public education. He worked tirelessly to support measures to improve public schools and was committed to finding the proper balance between the state and federal governments to bring about educational equity and opportunity. He strongly believed that no matter where the student lived, every student should have access to a high-quality education. NSBA strongly agrees with his belief that public education is a civil right.

This is a sad day, and we mourn the passing of the moral conscience of the Congress. The country and all of public education will miss him dearly.

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Black Students in the Condition of Education 2020

The Center for Public Education selected relevant data from the Condition of Education to help school leaders not only monitor the educational progress of Black students, but also rethink what public schools can do better for Black students.