Youngkin eliminates academic equity initiatives in long list of programs VA superintendent calls “divisions”


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — In a 19-page report, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s Department of Education is dumping dozens of equity and diversity resources it says promote discriminatory and divisive concepts such as theory racial criticism, which is not taught in Virginia public schools. The report details a series of policies and resources related to diversity, equity and inclusion that the Department of Education has called “divisive concepts”.

One resource is getting rid of the culturally appropriate website that creates a curriculum that meets the social and cultural needs of students.

Reagan Davis, a teacher in the Chesapeake Public School District and president of the Chesapeake Teacher Association, believes that equity brings unity.

“Every time they mentioned the word equity, it was a red flag for that particular memo. When we see things in our school division that promote equity, it allows us to take a look. eye to the students we serve and it gives us strategies on how we can best support them,” Davis said.

Davis says different cultural perspectives help to learn more.

“Not all peoples, cultures and ideas have been and cannot be represented in certain programs such as the concept of slavery. This is something that has happened in the history of our nation In some cultures, our black and brown populations are going to feel that their views are included and that we should be including their views,” Davis said.

The Virginia NAACP released a statement saying it was outraged by the Department of Education report and adding that it had an effect on teaching accurate history.

In a statement, Governor Youngkin said, “Our students in Virginia should not be taught to discriminate on the basis of gender, skin color, or religion, and VDOE policies certainly should not recommend such concepts.

Under Governor Youngkin’s executive order, another report is due in about two months to identify any citations to “executive and legislative actions necessary to end the use of divisive concepts in public education.”

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