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

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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Fairfax County Hires New School Superintendent

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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Court Nixes School Board’s “Social Justice” Admissions Policy

  Introduction The Fairfax County School Board implemented a new admissions policy last year for the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (“TJ”), designed to increase the percentage of African American and Hispanic students in the school at the expense of Asian Americans.  Yesterday, the federal district court in Alexandria struck down…

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If It Can Happen in San Fran ….

School Board Election

The citizens of San Francisco overwhelming voted this week to throw three members of the local school board out of office.  Only three of the seven members were eligible for recall.  All three were ousted by more than 70 percent of the voters. The San Francisco School Board incurred the wrath of parents and other…

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