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.
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.
In a letter, 133 Virginia school superintendents chided Youngkin’s education department over its audit that broadly scrapped diversity resources offered by the state. They said the report could “set public education Virginia back many years,” protested not being consulted. pic.twitter.com/8fYwVsevie
— Mel Leonor (@MelLeonor_) March 10, 2022
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.
Governor Youngkin is telling people that defeating me next year is his number one priority- even if that means getting Republicans to come vote in our Democratic Primary.😡
RT if you have my back and won't let this Governor steal our Senate.
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) March 12, 2022
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.
— Gary Grumbach (@GaryGrumbach) November 7, 2021
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.”
It sure sucks to be a moron like Glenn Youngkin .. he single handedly unified every single school district in the entire state of Virginia against him .. from urban to rural
Enjoy shithead https://t.co/bflmYz4XnE
— Deep State Provacatour Skynet🇺🇦 (@skynet47397425) March 14, 2022