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Eric Gordon MondayCleveland Metropolitan School District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon Monday told members of U.S. Congress that the inequities in Cleveland that were magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic existed long before anyone had ever heard of the disease. 

The scourge of generational poverty and racism have long plagued Cleveland and Gordon urged members of Congress to join him and other leaders in addressing them.

Testifying before the U.S. Committee on Education and Labor, Gordon said, “All COVID-19 did was to starkly expose them for all to see. And the evidence is clear that these inequities are most acute in communities of color,” Gordon said. “If we have learned anything in Cleveland, it is that from crisis comes opportunity. I believe COVID-19 presents an opportunity for all of us to finally address long standing inequities and, in my community, I am working aggressively to do so.”

Read Gordon’s full statement here.