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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"Social Justice"

Fairfax School Board Defends Race-Centric Curriculum

By Mark Spooner | February 12, 2022

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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Virginia Senate Rejects School Board Power Play

By Mark Spooner | February 9, 2022

Yesterday’s news from the Virginia Senate was extraordinary.  Half the Democrats joined with all the Republicans to reject the latest power play by Northern Virginia School Boards.  The Senate voted 29-9 to allow parents to opt out of local mask mandates for students in public schools.  The House of Delegates will almost surely endorse this…

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Critical Race Theory

Excellent Video on Critical Race Theory

By Mark Spooner | February 8, 2022

Attached is a video that summarizes the origins, teaching, and objectives of Critical Race Theory (“CRT”).  It was prepared by a prominent CRT opponent, Christopher Rufo.  It is well worth the time required to watch it (17;45). The video confirms and reinforces several prior posts on this website, which have shown that the Fairfax County…

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Virginia General Assembly

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Youngkin Education Bill

By Mark Spooner | February 4, 2022

Introduction Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s Governor for only a few weeks, has attempted to make education reform a top priority, but the Democrat controlled Virginia Senate is united in opposition.  On Thursday, February 3, a Senate Committee killed a key Youngkin proposal relating to Critical Race Theory. Youngkin was elected in November 2021 after an education-focused…

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Make a Difference

Can I Make a Difference?

By Mark Spooner | January 29, 2022

The Problem Is the Fairfax County School Board is on the wrong track?  If so, what can be done? The current Board seems unanimous in its commitment to race-centric education that focuses on “privilege,” “identity,” and so-called “equity,” so the task of turning things around seems daunting. The Board apparently assumes that since they were…

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Revealing Dialogue with a School Board Member

By Mark Spooner | January 24, 2022

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

By Mark Spooner | January 21, 2022

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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Freedom of Information

Fairfax Schools Monitor Sues Fairfax Schools — Update

By Mark Spooner | January 19, 2022

Last Thursday, January 13, Fairfax Schools monitor sued Fairfax County public schools and its Superintendent, Scott Braband, to obtain access to a videotape of Professor Ibram X. Kendi’s presentation to Fairfax school leaders in August 2020.  The school system had denied a request for it under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  See “Fairfax Schools…

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Gov. Youngkin’s Executive Order No. 1 Addresses Education

By Mark Spooner | January 16, 2022

Glenn Youngkin was sworn in as Virginia Governor yesterday, January 15, 2022.  As his first act in office, he signed Executive Order No. 1, which addresses Critical Race Theory and other divisive education policies.  A copy of the Executive Order is HERE. The Order is a significant step in the right direction, but it is not…

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

By Mark Spooner | January 16, 2022

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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