Youngkin administration rolls back stock resources, says ‘divisive concepts’ are ‘widespread’ in Virginia schools
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Governor Glenn Youngkin has released an interim report compiled by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow identifying and addressing “inherently divisive concepts” that she says have become “prevalent” within the Ministry of Education and the State School. divisions.
According to a statement from the governor’s office, the report contains canceled policies and programs that “promoting discriminatory and divisive concepts, such as critical race theory.”
In the report, Balow shares that several equity initiatives from former Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration have now been rolled back.
These include the Virginia Department of Educations EdEquityVA website and resources and an audit tool that has been designed to guide school leaders in their efforts to focus on equity in “strategy planning, resource allocation and implementation”.
“All Virginia students should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education that teaches all of history, including good and bad, prioritizes academic excellence, and promotes equal opportunity for all students. 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,” Governor Youngkin said.
“There is a lot of work to be done, but I am encouraged that Superintendent Balow is proactively reviewing policies and practices across the Commonwealth,” Youngkin continued. “This is the first step in improving Virginia’s education system, restoring high academic expectations, equipping our future generation to be ready for a career or college, and equal opportunity for all Virginia students. As your Governor, I will continually stand up for students and parents and look forward to signing into law the largest education budget in Virginia history.