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Virginia Educators Unite to Resist Youngkin’s Classroom Intrusions

Virginia Educators Unite to Resist Youngkin’s Classroom Intrusions

In what some are calling a rare show of unity, a group representing all of Virginia’s 133 school district superintendents denounced Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s attempts to remake classroom instruction in one of the nation’s top public schools systems.

Youngkin’s attacks on public school curriculums and his ‘tipline’ to complain about educators are just two examples the superintendents cited in a letter calling for the elimination of the controversial tipline as they slammed Youngkin for “rolling back diversity and equity measures” in public schools.

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One month into office, Youngkin unveiled the tipline for people to email the state their complaints about “divisive” topics being taught in schools. Democrats and parents alike quickly condemned the move, and soon after, Youngkin’s office denied public records requests and FOIA requests filed by any media outlets wanting to see copies of all emails sent to the tipline, claiming the emails were “working papers and correspondence” of the governor’s office.

The head of the Virginia Department of Education, Jillian Balow, said “the letter fails to reflect the good faith efforts” made by the Youngkin administration “to keep open productive channels of communication” with local school leaders, but the superintendents had said they were not consulted before Youngkin’s actions.

Youngkin didn’t say exactly what his office would do with the messages. But liberals from across the country quickly jumped in with promises to spam the inbox, and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” even spoofed him.

Fairfax County, board chair Jeff McKay told Axios that Youngkin’s actions were unlikely to change classroom instruction. “Never once have I seen or has a parent complained to me about something they think is ‘inherently divisive,’” said McKay, a Democrat with two children in public schools. “I don’t even know what it is that’s trying to be fixed here.”

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