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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The School Board Is Intentionally Violating Established Policy

Controversial Issues Policy

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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School Board Meeting — March 10

Last night’s meeting of the Fairfax County School Board was noteworthy in that most of the speakers during the Community Participation segment, as well as most others in the audience, were critics of School Board policies and actions.  This isn’t always the case.  Activists on the left often make their presence felt to a greater…

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Fairfax School Board Defends Race-Centric Curriculum — Continued

"Social Justice"

Introduction The most recent post on this site reported on speeches by members of the Fairfax County School Board in defense of their new social studies curriculum, which focuses relentlessly on issues of race, power, bias and identity.  See “Fairfax School Board Defends Race-Centric Curriculum,” February 12, 2022. This post analyzes and critiques the comments of the…

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Fairfax School Board Defends Race-Centric Curriculum

"Social Justice"

Introduction Recent posts on this site have outlined the process by which the Fairfax County School Board has reshaped the curriculum for social studies courses to focus on issues of “privilege,” “equity,” “power” and “bias.”  See “Development of New ‘Anti-Racism’ Curriculum in Fairfax County,” Jan. 16, 2022; “Fairfax County’s Race Centric Curriculum for U.S. History,” Jan. 21, 2022.…

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Revealing Dialogue with a School Board Member

Dialogue

I recently had an interesting email discussion with a member of the Fairfax County School Board.  Our exchange says a lot about how she, and perhaps other current Board members, think about educating our children. Background On January 13, 2022, I spoke in person at the School Board meeting.  Thirteen individuals who have submitted applications…

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Fairfax County’s Race-Centric Curriculum for US History

Introduction This post goes to the heart of what this website is all about: What is really being taught in Fairfax County public schools?  It is a continuation of “Development of New ‘Anti-Racism’ Curriculum in Fairfax County,” January 16, 2022.  That post outlines the School Board’s decision to revise the social studies curricula to stress…

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Development of New “Anti-Racism Curriculum” in Fairfax County

Introduction The theme of the 2020-21 Leadership Kickoff Session for Fairfax County Public Schools (“FCPS”) on August 6, 2020 was “With Equity at the Center.”  The school Superintendent, Scott Braband, spoke at length to school principals and administrators, declaring that now was “a defining moment” for “racial and social justice” in the school system.  He…

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