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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Beware the Social Studies Curriculum — Part 2

By Mark Spooner | September 10, 2023

Documents obtained under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act reveal a disturbing ideological bias in the social studies curricula of Fairfax County public high schools (FCPS). The first article on this subject, which is HERE, discloses that after the current School Board took office in 2020, the curricula were extensively revised to view history and government…

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Beware the Social Studies Curriculum! — Part I

By Mark Spooner | September 3, 2023

As a new academic year begins, Fairfax County citizens should be aware of what our children will be taught in the public schools. Particular attention should be given to the social studies curriculum.  It is not a straightforward education about history and government.  It is agenda-driven, emphasizing a viewpoint supported by “progressives” and race-theory advocates. …

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National Merit Suit — Brief Update

By Mark Spooner | August 26, 2023

A controversy arose last December when it was reported that officials at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) had failed to notify students and parents in a timely manner of achievement awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  According to the news reporting, TJ administrators explained that the awards had been withheld…

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Lawsuit Against FCPS May Be Coming to Enforce the Model Transgender Policy

By Mark Spooner | August 24, 2023

  As recently reported HERE and HERE, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has announced that it will not comply with the Virginia Department of Education’s recently-issued model transgender policy.  The refusal violates a Virginia statute that expressly requires school boards throughout the Commonwealth to adopt policies consistent with the model policy.  In defying the law, FCPS…

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Fairfax’s Transgender Policy Must Be Challenged

By Mark Spooner | August 17, 2023

The Fairfax County Public School system (FCPS) says it won’t comply with the Virginia Department of Education’s new transgender policy because the current FCPS policy is “consistent with federal and state anti-discrimination laws as required by the new model policies.”  See Letter from Superintendent Michelle Reid to the Community, Aug. 15, 2023. HERE. This is…

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Fairfax School Board Defies Virginia’s Transgender Policy

By Mark Spooner | August 16, 2023

After leaking its closed-door decision to transgender advocates, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced on August 15 that it would ignore the Virginia Board of Education’s recently issued transgender policy. The decision was revealed in a community letter from the FCPS Superintendent, which is HERE. Not a word or comma in FCPS’ existing policy will…

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The Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly — Update on National Merit Litigation

By Mark Spooner | July 19, 2023

The Fairfax County General District Court conducted a pretrial conference this morning in Spooner v. Fairfax County School Board,  which seeks to compel the school system (“FCPS”) to produce an outside law firm’s report on its investigation into the failure of several high schools to provide timely notice to students and families of “commended student” awards…

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School Board Amends Title of Equity Policy — Why?

By Mark Spooner | July 14, 2023

On June 26, 2023, the Fairfax County School Board adopted a new, sweeping “Equity Policy.”  At its next meeting, on July 13, the title was changed.  It is now called the “Educational Equity Policy.”  The amendment was on the meeting’s “consent agenda” and was adopted without any discussion, so the public doesn’t know who proposed…

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Will the Harvard/U.N.C. Decision Affect the TJ Admissions Case?

By Mark Spooner | July 1, 2023

On May 23 of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, overturned a federal district court’s ruling that the new admissions standards for the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (“TJ”) violated the “equal protection of the laws” mandate of the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. …

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School Board Rubber Stamps “Equity Policy” in Wee Hours

By Mark Spooner | June 27, 2023

In a bizarre meeting that sometimes proved the “Law of Triviality,” the Fairfax County School Board unanimously approved a controversial “Equity Policy” at 12:30 a.m. on June 27. How the Meeting Unfolded The School Board’s meetings are user-unfriendly.  They begin at 7:00 p.m., but the discussion of pending business often doesn’t begin until 9:00 p.m.…

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