In September 2020 the Fairfax County School Board initiated a process to revise its Controversial Issues Policy. Now, two years later, the revision is nearing completion. On June 23, the Board’s Governance Committee approved a new version, which is being sent to the full Board for review and approval. It is scheduled to be reviewed by the full Board at a work session on July 12 and will probably come up for final Board approval in late August or in September.
If adopted, the proposal will substantially change long-standing policy that has required teachers to be neutral when addressing controversial issues.
The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity. We have more than 100 chapters and tens of thousands of members nationwide, including in Virginia. Our website, fairforall.org, can give you a fuller sense of our identity and activities.
We write in response to an incident report regarding Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) submitted to FAIR on May 23, 2022 through our transparency website, fairtransparency.org.
Luke Rosiak, author of Race to the Bottom: Uncovering the Secret Forces Destroying American Public Education, joined WMAL’s O’Connor & Company last week to discuss a variety of new developments on the K-12 education front. One topic discussed was Fairfax County Public Schools’ new “controversial issues” policy.
“For all of recent history, the controversial issues policy has been, if you’re going to teach issues, teach them with objectivity, fairness, accuracy, and relevance,” Rosiak explained. “Yesterday, the school board took a black marker and crossed out those words — ‘objectivity,’ ‘fairness,’ and ‘accuracy’
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand shocked local parents and community members by sending out a biased and unscientific sham of a survey, stating that he plans to issue a new “Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Curriculum Policy” and revise the “Controversial Issues Policy” that makes certain that teachers are fair and impartial when they discuss controversial issues in the classroom.
Parents believe political extremism is harming their kids — and want politicians to stop it.
The first national poll to ask detailed questions of American voters about efforts to impose Critical Race Theory and “social justice” curriculum on K-12 schools found overwhelming opposition to it and strong support for a de-politicized curriculum.
During her nationally televised program Wednesday evening, Laura Ingraham again blasted Fairfax County Public Schools. “Biden-supporting educrats are eager to work less, but also indoctrinate more,” Ingraham said.
After playing video captured from a recent Fairfax County School Board virtual work session, Ingraham warned viewers: “Imagine the worst of Howard Zinn, plus maybe the 1619 Project, and you get the picture.