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

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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Lawsuit Against Fairfax County Schools Is Resolved.

Freedom of Information

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

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

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

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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Fairfax Schools Monitor Sues Fairfax Schools, Round 2

Freedom of Information

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?

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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The Ibram Kendi Videotape … Finally Revealed

Ibram X. Kendi

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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