‘Anti-racist’ resolution fails at Fairfax County School Board meeting

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration has taken aim at what it claims is the teaching of “critical race theory” in Virginia schools.

Now, some Fairfax County school leaders appear to be firing back.

Neither critical race theory nor the administration’s push against its teaching were mentioned by name in the latest Fairfax County School Board meeting Thursday night. But they loomed large as the board considered a resolution to support educators in implementing “anti-racist, and equity- and justice- based” teaching.

Some link those terms to critical race theory.

“We should be dedicated to courageous conversations regarding our history and the development of our nation,” Board member Karen Keys-Gamarra said. “This commitment has been challenged by our political atmosphere.”

“So we find ourselves yet again in the same place of having national debates, really, at our dais,” said board member Abrar Omeish.

But after a contentious back-and-forth, the board dropped the anti-racist and equity- and justice- based language, instead vowing to support teachers in delivering an “inclusive” curriculum.

“Amending it to the weak and hollow statements and words where originally it was strong and clear, it doesn’t make sense to me,” said student representative Michele Togbe.

Board member Karen Corbett Sanders said that the board has spent “an inordinate amount of time” on a resolution that doesn’t address the important issues impacting the school system.

John Aaron

John Aaron is a news anchor and reporter for WTOP. After starting his professional broadcast career as an anchor and reporter for WGET and WGTY in Gettysburg, PA, he went on to spend several years in the world of sports media, working for Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network Radio, and WTOP sports.

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