The month of May represents Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This month we celebrate the culture and achievements of Asian Pacific Americans, but as a Chinese American myself, I’d also like to focus on a key issue facing our community: our public schools.
I live in Northern Virginia. It’s the wealthiest area in the entire country, yet our schools are failing us. Not because of a lack of funding, and not only because they aren’t open, but because of a perverse idea of equity that punishes success in order to make everyone equal.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Education, Asra Nomani called out the school district’s “empty proclamations and declarations” on the value of Asian Americans. Nomani recounted the anti-Asian rhetoric and policies of school officials — to include the ongoing demonization of the largely Asian student body at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
No one could blame the average person whose eyes glaze over at hearing that in this first day in office, President Biden signed a barrage of executive orders (EOs). Yet, the U.S. Department of Education is using two of these executive orders, 12866 and 13563, which on the face have the stated purpose of modernizing regulatory review, to push critical race theory in our local schools.
Republicans have criticized the Virginia Department of Education for considering a plan to end advanced high school diplomas because of the lack of racial equity in students receiving the higher tiered diploma.
Current policy allows a Virginia student to earn an advanced degree…
Democrats have been talking a big game on proposed new anti-Asian hate crime legislation S. 937, the COVID 19 Hate Crimes Act.
Republican Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Kennedy (R-LA) proposed an amendment to the legislation that would prohibit federal funding for schools that discriminate against Asian Pacific Americans in their admissions process.
Parents Defending Education is a new grassroots organization determined to fight woke indoctrination in classrooms nationwide. “We believe our children’s education should be based on scholarship and facts, and should nurture their development into the happy, resilient, free-thinking, educated citizens every democracy needs,” the organization says.
The website DefendingEd.org features a robust IndoctriNation Map, where visitors can “learn about parent organizations, incidents and FOIA’s” in their area. And Parents Defending Education wants to hear from you.
Parents and families have been on a rollercoaster when it comes to K-12 education in the time of COVID-19. A new poll from Real Clear Opinion Research finds overall support for school choice is increasing as parents need more options than ever.
71% of voters back school choice. This is the highest level of support ever recorded from major AFC national polling with a sample size above 800 voters.
The media applauded Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) this week for announcing it will offer four days a week of in-person education to “some” students. Yet within hours of the announcement many schools were alerting families to the reality that the four-day option will be unavailable to most in-person students.
Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham hosted a special town hall Friday night, devoted to the ongoing scandal of closed government-run, ostensibly “public” schools. Fairfax County parents in attendance shared their frustrations with the systemic failures and visceral hostility they have endured from a school district that spends more than $16,000 per student.
Fairfax County parent Roseanne Nelson expressed concerns