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

Did Fairfax Schools Hide Academic Awards from Families — Update

By Mark Spooner | March 30, 2023

On March 29, 2023, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) published the “Key Findings” of a hired law firm’s investigation into allegations that school officials had failed to inform students and parents of National Merit “commended student” awards.  The document is HERE.   “Key Findings” concedes that students in several FCPS high schools didn’t receive timely notices…

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Strategic Plan and “Equity Policy,” Part 4 — The Superintendent Weighs In

By Mark Spooner | March 18, 2023

The FCPS Superintendent, Michelle Reid, recently outlined her views about the relationship between a new “equity-based” Strategic Plan for the schools, and a new, overlapping Equity Policy.  The occasion was a meeting with a group of citizens who have questions about the role of “equity” in the two FCPS initiatives. Background The three prior articles…

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Strategic Plan and “Equity Policy,” Part 3

By Mark Spooner | March 9, 2023

The last post reported on the drafting of a new Strategic Plan for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS); this one summarizes the status of a separate, but related, “Equity Policy.” Background The “equity policy” process dates back to September 2020, when the  FCPS equity team made a presentation to the School Board, proposing an “anti-racism,…

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Strategic Plan and “Equity Policy,” Part 2

By Mark Spooner | March 5, 2023

This article reports on the development of a new Strategic Plan for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and the role of “equity” in it.  A subsequent article will discuss FCPS’s simultaneous development of a separate but related initiative, the “Equity Policy.” Development of the Strategic Plan The Superintendent of FCPS initiated a planning process in…

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New Strategic Plan and “Equity Policy” for Fairfax County Public Schools

By Mark Spooner | February 24, 2023

This article, and several others that will follow, will report on the development and content of two important initiatives for Fairfax County Public Schools (“FCPS”): a new, multi-year Strategic Plan, and a formal Equity Policy.   The two are closely related and will operate hand-in-hand in practice.   The term “equity” will be defined in the Equity…

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Fairfax Schools Hide Academic Awards from Families — Another Update

By Mark Spooner | February 23, 2023

In December 2022 it was revealed that the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (“TJ”) in Fairfax County, Virginia, had withheld National Merit “commended student” awards from students and their parents.   TJ’s leaders explained at the time that they did this so the feelings of other students wouldn’t be hurt; they added:…

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Fairfax County SAT Scores Have Seriously Declined

By Mark Spooner | February 5, 2023

I encourage everyone to read this short article.  Fairfax SAT Scores Fall 27 Points.  According to the statistics compiled by the Fairfax County Taxpayers Association (FCTA), the average SAT score of Fairfax County high schools students fell by a shocking 27 points between 2018 and 2022.  Only two schools (Thomas Jefferson and Lake Braddock) showed…

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Fairfax Schools Hide Academic Awards from Families — Update

By Mark Spooner | January 10, 2023

Since this story broke on December 21, new developments have occurred almost daily.  The story has held the attention of the public, press and government authorities because it vividly exemplifies how the Fairfax County public school system (“FCPS”) has elevated “equity” over academic standards and achievement. Factual Developments Journalist Asra Nomani’s December 21 article in…

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TJ Principal Hides Academic Awards for the Sake of “Equity”

By Mark Spooner | December 25, 2022

Many troublesome issues have been discussed on this site regarding the ideological direction of the Fairfax County Public School system (FCPS).  None can compare to this one in terms of sheer stupidity, cruelty and misguided priorities. Before reading further, please read the highlighted article below, which chronicles an intentional effort by the principal and an…

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Fairfax Library Outbids Fairfax Schools for Critical Race Theory Speaker Kendi

By Mark Spooner | December 23, 2022

In September 2020 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) paid a controversial author $20,000 for a one-hour Zoom call.  Ibram X. Kendi sat in his home, at times with his daughter on his lap, responding to softball questions from an FCPS administrator.  FCPS was rightly criticized, on this site and elsewhere, for shelling out such a…

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