A Virginia County official has expressed support for a local school board as he faces warmth from some parents and teachers for promoting Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools in the district.
In a letter to the school board – a copy of which was obtained by Fox News – Loudoun County Supervisor Juli Briskman denounces the district’s “low level of racial awareness” and describes resistance to the CRT program as “racism has evolved”.
“Being on the right side of history isn’t always easy,” writes Briskman, in an apparent attempt to boost the morale of board members in the face of community outrage.
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Briskman’s letter is dated Tuesday, although it is not clear whether the letter was written before or after the loud Loudoun County School Board meeting – which included a fiery speech from the Fairfax County teacher , Lilit Vanetsyan, who urged parents to reject any lesson plans for their children. with which they do not agree.
Vanetsyan accused CRT supporters of trying to turn local school districts into “indoctrination camps” as white students learned to “hate each other because of the color of their skin”.
Recent events in Loudoun County, northwest of Washington, DC, reflect growing tensions across the United States between schools and families, says Ian Prior, executive director of FightForSchools.com and former head of the Justice Department of the Trump administration.
“What you are seeing now is a competition between school and family, and if the school doesn’t like what family does, they won’t hesitate to take on that role and really wreak havoc. part of a family, ”Prior told Fox. New.
Prior said it agrees that society needs to reassess the past from time to time, as society evolves and learns from its mistakes. But trying to update a children’s book about a character like Christopher Columbus might not be the best place to start, he said.
“Everyone recognizes that there are many different factors in history… complicating… like something that happened 700 years ago that we are trying to judge today,” he said, “and that there is certainly a place to sort of re-evaluate how things go. There is a time and a place for it. But that time and place is not the second year, because now I have to face it. to the fact that my daughter thinks I read her books about murderers.
In his letter to the board, Briskman says the school board and “the entire Loudoun government system” have “a sad history of discriminating against students of color, even after the federal government ordered all country systems to end these practices.
She claims that a 2019 school board resolution said schools in the county had a “low level of racial awareness” that included students reporting “hate-based activity, slurs and slurs.”
The supervisor notes that the county earlier this year agreed to a settlement that called for reform policies, education of minority communities and third-party oversight “to improve equitable access for students to minorities “.
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“I support the school board as it finds the courage to support all students, faculty, staff and families, regardless of skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, who they love or their socio-status. -economical, “writes Briskman. “In addition, I support the school board as it makes the difficult but necessary decisions to reinforce these principles which contribute to an ultimate goal of peace and equality for all.
Briskman represents the Algonquin County District and sits on the County Family Services Board, according to the Loudoun County official website. She began her career in journalism and then served overseas for the U.S. State Department, her county biography page says.
Michael Ruiz of Fox News contributed to this story.
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