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 Board adopts a policy, the term “equity” needs to be carefully defined to make clear what “equity” is, and what it is not.  A loose definition could support all sorts of bad actions by the Board.  My letter suggests several elements of an acceptable definition.

Second, the Board needs to reach out to obtain wide input from the public on any proposal.  The letter points out that the Board has failed to do this in the recent past.  The Board has tended to focus its attention on left-leaning groups, ignoring ordinary parents and other citizens.

Third, the goals of the “equity policy” need to be specified.  My letter suggests what should and shouldn’t be included.

A copy of my letter to the Board is HERE.

Concerned readers of this blog need to make their voices heard.  There are many activists on the other side of the debate about school policies; they tend to have the ear of the current Board.  It would be helpful for some of you to contact the Board now, before a proposed policy is put onto paper.  You can communicate to the Board by letter or email.  Contact information is on the School Board’s website.


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  1. Sim Pace on July 18, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Superb work Mark.

  2. Tyrone Santos on July 20, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Good letter. It’s scary that the board thinks equal outcomes is a virtuous goal. Assigning any kind of value to someone’s race is inherently racist. I would love to be on one of their “stakeholder” committees to debate the school board and the other fools pushing these disturbing policies.

  3. Steve+Quiner on July 21, 2022 at 9:17 am

    The Board is probably thinking they ran into a buzz saw dealing with you. Excellent points in the letter. Excellent tone.