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

The June 16 School Board Meeting: A Small Turning Point?

By Mark Spooner | June 18, 2022

Introduction Several proposals to amend the student conduct handbook were on the agenda for the June 16 meeting of the Fairfax County School Board.  What mostly drew the attention of parents was a provision making it an offense for any student, from the 4th grade on, to maliciously “deadname” or “misgender” another student, with punishment…

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Freedom of Information

Fairfax Schools Monitor Sues Fairfax Schools, Round 2

By Mark Spooner | May 27, 2022

Fairfax Schools Monitor has just filed a new lawsuit against the Fairfax County School Board.  It challenges the Board’s improper assertion of “attorney-client privilege” to withhold documents requested under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). During the past few months, we have been seeking documents relating to the development of the School Board’s “Anti-Racism,…

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Are Pornographic Books in Our Schools?

By Mark Spooner | May 22, 2022

Last autumn, parents complained at a Fairfax County School Board meeting about two books found in some high school libraries.  The parents alleged that the books contained homoerotic material, promoted pedophilia, and were otherwise age-inappropriate.  The questioned books were Gender Queer (2019) by Maia Kobabe, which was owned by seven high schools, and Lawn Boy…

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Ibram X. Kendi

The Ibram Kendi Videotape … Finally Revealed

By Mark Spooner | May 18, 2022

Introduction As reported in several prior posts on this site, the Fairfax County School Board paid Ibram X. Kendi $20,000 for a one-hour Zoom appearance in August 2020 at the kick-off session for the school year.  Fairfax County schools spent an additional $44,000 to purchase his books. Fairfax Schools Monitor wanted to see what the…

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Freedom of Information

Update on Litigation about Kendi Videotape — Mixed Result, And Perhaps Not a Final Ruling

By Mark Spooner | May 11, 2022

Introduction I have reported on this litigation in three prior posts:  In January when the suit was filed; in March after an interim ruling; and in early April after another hearing.  The earlier posts can be seen HERE, HERE, and HERE. Briefly, we filed suit against the Fairfax County School Board in January in the Fairfax…

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U.S. Supreme Court Order in TJ High School Case

By Mark Spooner | April 25, 2022

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order in the Thomas Jefferson High School case involving racial discrimination in the criteria for admission to the elite school.  The order denied the plaintiffs’ motion to vacate a “stay” that had been entered by the Court of Appeals. It’s easy to be confused about what the order…

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Saga of the Controversial Issues Policy — Part 5

By Mark Spooner | April 20, 2022

I had intended this post to be an analysis and critique of the Fairfax County School Board’s proposed revision of its Controversial Issues Policy and Regulation (“Policy”).  That’s not possible, however, because a committee of the Board is still tinkering with the language.  Therefore, this post will only provide a brief summary of the process…

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Fairfax County Hires New School Superintendent

By Mark Spooner | April 15, 2022

The Fairfax County School Board selected a new Superintendent at a marathon session on April 14.  Michelle Reid, who has been the superintendent of a school district in the State of Washington, was hired to replace Scott Braband, who has been Superintendent since 2017.  The selection of Reid was not without controversy. Rationale for Selecting…

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Freedom of Information

Update on Suit Against Fairfax Schools re Kendi Videotape

By Mark Spooner | April 5, 2022

As previously reported, we sued the Fairfax County public school system back in January, challenging its refusal to disclose a videotape of a presentation made by Critical Race Theory guru Ibram X. Kendi to school principals and administrators in August 2020.  See “Fairfax Schools Monitor Sues Fairfax Schools,” Jan. 13, 2022.  We had requested the video…

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Controversial Issues Policy

The School Board Is Intentionally Violating Established Policy

By Mark Spooner | March 29, 2022

Introduction This is the 4th post in a series about the Controversial Issues Policy of the Fairfax County School Board. As outlined earlier, the Board undertook a program in 2020 to implement significant changes in its curricula.  The intent was to put “equity” at the center of everything. The Board recognized at the outset that…

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