Statement to IDEA Staff from CEO JoAnn Gama on the Trial of Derek Chauvin  

Team & Family,  

Today, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd last May. While I cannot imagine the pain and loss that Mr. Floyd’s family continues to feel, I hope they can find solace in knowing that justice was served today. 

As our nation continues to witness violence and killings over the last few weeks–including those intentionally targeting people of color–it is clear that we have much work ahead of us, especially when it comes to addressing racial inequity within law enforcement and ending excessive force by public servants who are charged with protecting us all. At IDEA Public Schools, let us continue to stand together to dismantle systemic racism, oppression and injustice everywhere. 

For us, our north star of college for all children will always stand firm and in order to do this, we must be accomplices in transforming our society into one that works for all scholars.  

We are offering resources to our Team & Family, including an optional virtual affinity space on Thursday, April 29 from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. CST  to process and discuss the verdict of this case. 

Let us take care of each other and acknowledge the pain that many are experiencing as a result of violence and racism in our country. Today’s verdict gives me hope that we can be a society that recognizes and rights injustice when we see it. 


JoAnn Gama  


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