Fairfax Schools Monitor

What is really being taught in our public schools?

What is being taught to our children in Virginia’s Fairfax County public schools?  Critical Race Theory?  Gender fluidity?  Pornography?  Is excellence in education being sidelined in favor of other goals?

The county’s school system has been in national as well as local headlines, with conflicting claims and denials about what is and isn’t being taught.  Rather than relying on sensational news reports, this blog will expose the truth about the policies and curriculum of the public school system.  What are teachers being instructed to teach, and what are the children actually being taught?  Has the focus remained on reading, writing, language, mathematics, science, history and civics, or has the school system shifted towards implanting controversial ideologies into young minds?

We will dig into the facts and will reveal official documents, including policy statements and curriculum outlines.  We will monitor the activities of the Fairfax County School Board.  We will solicit knowledgeable input from parents and mature students.

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Recent Posts

Fairfax County Schools Sexualize Education and Exclude Parents

By Mark Spooner | October 4, 2022

The Federalist recently carried a very informative and perceptive article about the transgender issue, exclusion of parents, and the sexualization of education in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), written by a former member of the FCPS Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee.  It is well worth reading. A link to the article is HERE. If…

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Fairfax Schools Freak Out Over Youngkin Transgender Policy

By Mark Spooner | September 26, 2022

The Fairfax County Public School system (FCPS) is having a meltdown over the Youngkin administration’s revised Model Policy for dealing with transgender issues in Virginia schools. As previously reported, the Virginia Department of Education recently rescinded the previous administration’s model transgender policy and replaced it with a new one.  See “Youngkin Administration Revamps Model Transgender Policies,”…

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Fairfax School Superintendent Reacts to Youngkin Transgender Policy; Fairfax Schools Monitor Responds

By Mark Spooner | September 20, 2022

  Superintendent Reid’s Letter to Fairfax Families On Friday, September 16, The Virginia Department of Education, under the Republican administration of Governor Glenn Younkin, published a new model policy for dealing with transgender issues in public schools (hereinafter “Model Policy”).  The new policy differs in important respects from the existing transgender policy of the Fairfax…

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Youngkin Administration Revamps Model Transgender Policies

By Mark Spooner | September 17, 2022

Introduction Two recent posts on this site have reported on, and criticized, the Fairfax County School Board’s transgender regulation.  See “Fairfax Parents Excluded From Kids’ Gender Issues,” Aug. 31, 2022, and “Trans Rules Fairfax Schools,” Sept. 7, 2022. The Fairfax County regulation has now been thrown into doubt.  On September 16, 2022, the Virginia Department of…

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Trans Rules Fairfax Schools

By Mark Spooner | September 7, 2022

It’s remarkable how a tiny minority can wield the power that transgender advocates enjoy today.  A few years ago we hardly heard of transgenderism; today it is the “woke” cause de jour.  Some institutions are ignoring the rights of the majority in order to make a miniscule minority feel more comfortable.  Nowhere is this more…

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Fairfax Parents Excluded From Kids’ Gender Issues

By Mark Spooner | August 31, 2022

A Conversation Between a Pre-Teen and Teacher Recently, twelve-year-old Sam approached a teacher at his Fairfax County public school, and this conversation occurred: Sam:  Miss Jones, I sometimes wonder whether I’m really a girl, trapped in a boy’s body. Jones:  When did you start feeling that way? Sam:  A while ago, but last week, when…

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Fairfax Teachers’ Union Is Proud About the Covid Shutdowns, Despite Learning Loss

By Mark Spooner | August 7, 2022

Introduction The outgoing and incoming presidents of the Fairfax Education Association — the labor union representing Fairfax County public school teachers — spoke at the July 14, 2022 meeting of the Fairfax County School Board.  Both expressed pride in their role in school closures during the Covid pandemic.  They painted themselves as courageous figures, doing…

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Freedom of Information

Lawsuit Against Fairfax County Schools Is Resolved.

By Mark Spooner | July 25, 2022

Background about the Case As previously reported, I filed a lawsuit against the Fairfax County School Board in May, challenging its withholding of information I had requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  See “Fairfax Schools Monitor Sues Fairfax Schools, Round 2,” May 27, 2002.   My FOIA request was for documents relating to the…

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New “Equity Policy” for Fairfax Schools, Part 2

By Mark Spooner | July 18, 2022

As reported in my post of July 13, the Fairfax County School Board plans to issue a new “equity policy” for its schools.  The process of developing it is just getting underway. I have sent a letter to the Board and its staff with my preliminary comments.  The letter makes three points. First, if the…

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New “Equity Policy” for Fairfax Schools

By Mark Spooner | July 13, 2022

The Fairfax County School Board began to develop an “anti-racism, anti-bias” policy in 2020.  The process seemed to take a back seat to other initiatives in 2021.  Now, however, the proposal is being revived, renamed as an “equity policy.” The planned scope of the policy, and the process for drafting and considering it, was discussed…

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