Getting Virginia K-12 Education
Back on Track

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News About Educating Our Children, K-12

Earlier Education News 2021 to March 2022

Sept 27, 2022, School 'Gender and Sexuality Alliance [GSA] Clubs' Encourage Girls to Bind Their Breasts Despite Health Risks, Daily Caller

[Cleveland Clinic says there is minimal data on health effects but could include loss of musculoskeletal mass, posture changes, rib fractures, shoulder popping]

Sept 27, 2022, Controversial Parental Name Change Notification Policy Fails, Daily News Record

Sept 27, 2022, Scheikl to Retire From RCPS at the End of the School Year, Daily News Record

Sept 26, 2022, TransTape, Chest Binders and Packers: The Gender-Affirming Gear Schools are Stocking Up On, Daily Caller

Sept 24, 2022, Rockingham County Parental Notification Vote Expected Monday, Daily News Record

Sept 23, 2022,  Two City Schools Partially Accredited, All RCPS Schools Accredited, Daily News Record

Sept 23, 2022, US Reps Spanberger, Good Share Heated Exchange Over Transgender Policies, The Republican Standard

Sept 23, 2022, NYC Private School Educator 'No Longer Employed' Admitted to Hating Conservatives in Video, Daily Caller

[Jennifer Norris, Director of Student Activities at the Trinity School admitted to implementing an agenda to make conservatives feel uncomfortable]

Sept 21, 2022, Fake Active Shooter Reports Target Virginia Schools, The Republican Standard

Sept 20, 2022, An 'unprecedented flood' of Book Bans Engulfs US School Districts PEN Report Says, Virginia Mercury

Sept 17, 2022, Virginia Education Department Working to Replace Transgender Policies, The Republican Standard

[New policies emphasize parental rights]

Sept 16, 2022, Education Group Says Google, Amazon Censored Campaign Exposing School Counselor Association's Agenda, Daily Signal

Sept 13, 2022, Shenandoah County School Board Okays Textbook Review Process For Parents, Daily News Record

Sept 8, 2022, County School Board to Hear Cell Phone, Name Change Policies, Daily News Record

Sept 5, 2022, Injunction Blocking Harrisonburg Virginia Public Schools Transgender Policy Requested by Conservative Group, The Republican Standard

Sept 4, 2022, Loudoun Schools Investigation Grand Jury Greenlit by Virginia Supreme Court, The Republican Standard

Sept 2, 2022, Virginia Teacher Sues District Over Pronoun Policy, They Think They Know Better Than Parents, Fox News

Sept 2, 2022, Massaponax-King George Football Game Cancelled After Threats of Violence, Fredericksburg Free Lance Star

[Video emerged of two candidates laughing at autistic boy singing national anthem]

Sept 2, 2022, Second Republican Fairfax County School Board Candidate Drops Out of Race Over National Anthem Controversy, ABC 7 On Your Side

Sept 2, 2022, More School Administrators Admit to Sneaking Political Agenda in Schools, American Liberty

Sept 1, 2022, No Weapon Found, Shelter in Place Lifted at Blacksburg High School, WSLS

[Anonymous tip led to school shelter in place]

Aug 31, 2022, Youngkin Say Biological Boys Should Not Play Sports With Biological Girls, WJLA ABC 7

Aug 30, 2022, Hanover School Board Passes Transgender Bathroom and  LockerRoom Policy, NBC 12 On Your Side

Aug 30, 2022, More Funding Likely For County School Resource Officer Program, Daily News Record

Aug 28, 2022, OIGE Finds Prince George's County School Board Ethics Panel Spent Over $100,000 Investigating Members, WTOP

Aug 27, 2022, Ron DeSantis Suspends School Board Members for 'incompetence, neglect of duty' After Parkland Shooting Probe, Fox News

[The Florida school board members failed to protect students and mismanaged millions of dollars, report said.]

Aug 26, 2022, Shenandoah County High School Football Game Cancelled From Social Media Comments, WHSV 3

Aug 24, 2022, Spotsylvania School Board Battle Rages On, The Republican Standard

Aug 24, 2022, Virginia Police: Effort to Alert Fairfax School About Counselor's Arrest Was Unsuccessful, NBC 12

[Darren Thornton kept his job as a counselor at Glasgow Middle School for 20 months after his arrest]

Aug 22, 2022, Maryland Parents Choose Homeschooling, Call Decline of Public Schools Scary, Fox News

Aug 22, 2022, Youngkin Slams Northam Era Proposals Removing Benjamin Franklin from History Curriculum, The Republican Standard

Aug 20, 2022, Florida Grand Jury Wants Broward County Florida School Board Members Removed Over School Massacre, WINK-CBS SW Florida

Aug 14, 2022, Michigan Department of Education Trains Teachers to Hide Students Names, Pronouns, Daily Caller

Aug 8, 2022, Back-to-School Blues: Droves of Americans Ditching Public Schools, Daily Signal

Aug 4, 2022, Virginia Mother Blasts School for Son's Suspensions for Not Wearing A Mask, The Republican Standard

Aug 1, 2022, Oklahoma Public Schools Require Student Athletes to Sign 'Biological Sex Affidavits', Daily Wire

July 29, 2022, Parents Sue Harrisonburg Virginia School District Saying Its Transgender Policies Cancel Them When Kids Need Them Most, CBN News

July 29, 2022, Pennsylvania School District Adopts Policy To Remove Sexualized Content In Libraries, The Hill

July 28, 2022, Fairfax County School Employees Charged With Stealing More Than 35,000 Laptops, The Republican Standard

July 28, 2022, Harrisonburg City School Board Chair Nick Swayne to Resign, Daily News Record

July 21, 2022, Los Angeles School District Forces Gender Theory Into Classroom, Daily Signal

July 18, 2022, Texas Investigative Committee Releases Damning Uvalde School Shooting Report, American Liberty News

July 17, 2022, "Interim Report 2022: Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary School [Uvalde, Texas School Shooting]", Texas House of Representatives

July 17, 2022, Lawsuit Claims Fairfax County Schools Downplayed Alleged Sexual Assault Agaisnt 12-year-old, The Republcian Standard

July 15, 2022, Young 7-year-old California Girl Forced Into Public Apology and Given Cruel Restriction After Addition to BLM Poster Angers Woke School, Western Journal

[Mother did not learn about the incident until one year later]

July 12, 2022, Maryland Elementary Schoolers to Learn About Privilege and Racism, Washington Free Beacon

[Montgomery County to teach Southern Poverty Law Center Social Justice Curriculum]

July 12, 2022, Decision on Proposed Name Change Policy Pushed Back, Daily News Record

July 12, 2022, Loudoun County Judge Plowman Won't Halt AG Miyares Special Grand Jury Investigating Schools, WTOP

July 10, 2022, California Ex-Trans Teen Chloe Cole Backs Florida Ban on Medicaid Funds for Transgender Medical Intgerventions, Fox News

July 2, 2022, Parental Policy Vote Likely Won't Occur Until August, Daily News Record

July 1, 2022, Virginia Father Says 'Enough is Enough' After Loudoun Schools Sued Over 'Corruption of Children', Fox News

June 30, 2022, Biden's Push for 'Gender-Affirming Care' Betrays Parental Rights, Daily Signal

June 30, 2022, Amelia King Charged With Disorderly Conduct for Threat Against Page County School Board, WHSV

June 30, 2022, Plagiarism AI: Manipulating Educational Outcomes, The Republican Standard

June 29, 2022, Loudoun County Public Schools Hit With Lawsuit for 'moral corruption of children', 'parental rights', The Republican Standard

June 27, 2022, Touchdown! Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Football Coach's Right to Prayer, Daily Signal

June 25, 2022, Send in the Cops: Maryland Parents Call for More School Security, Washington Free Beacon

June 20, 2022, Pine River, Michigan School Board Punishes 3 Students After Allegations of Harassment and Bullying, CBS Local Michigan 9&10 News

[Part of Fall 2021 Football Season had been cancelled after allegations of harassment and bullying]

June 18, 2022, Two County School Board Members Say They Oppose Parental Notification Policy, Daily News Record

June 16, 2022, Teen Who Allegedly Opened Fire on Everett Washington High School Released on Bail Less Than 24 Hours Later, Western Journal

June 16, 2022, New Study Highlights Suicide Risk Among Transgender Youth, American Liberty

June 15, 2022, 20-year-old Man Charged In Filming Woman at Recreation Center Shower is Loudoun County Public Schools Student, ABC 7 News

June 15, 2022, Only Two Book Complaints Filed With City, County Schools, Daily News Record

June 15, 2022, Biden Admin LGBT Mandates for School Lunch Program Illegal, Republican Attorneys General Say, Washington Free Beacon

June 15, 2022, Michigan Dem Attorney General Calls for a 'Drag Queen for Every School', Washington Free Beacon

June 14, 2022, Proposed RCPS Name Change Policy Gets Mixed Reviews, Daily News Record

[Large crowd attended RCPS Board Meeting to express opinion on student sexual orientation name change]

June 9, 2022, School Officer Takes Down 'Suspicious Person' Trying to Enter Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama

June 8, 2022, Alliance Defending Freedom Sues Harrisonburg City Schools Over Transgender Policy, The Republican Standard

June 7, 2022, Discipline Meltdown in Prince William Public Schools, The Bull Elephant

June 7, 2022, In Movie, Matt Walsh Reveals How Gender Ideology Mutilates Kids, Daily Signal

June 6, 2022, Teachers Explain How They Push 'Gender Lessons' on Children, Daily Signal

June 4, 2022,  Lawsuit Filed Against City Schools for Violations of Free Speech, Religion, and Parental Rights, Daily News Record

 

Other info related to ADF Case Against Harrisonburg City Schools:

January 14, 2022 Press Release on Harrisonburg Complaint:

https://adflegal.org/blog/virginia-school-district-policy-hides-student-pronoun-use-parents

 

January 31, 2022 Press Release on Harrisonburg Complaint:

https://adflegal.org/blog/virginia-school-district-policy-hides-student-pronoun-use-parents

 

Link to Press Release on Case in English:

https://adfmedia.org/case/df-v-harrisonburg-city-public-school-board

 

Link to Press Release on Case in Spanish: https://adfmedia.org/press-release/padres-y-profesores-demandan-al-distrito-escolar-de-va-por-ocultar-el-malestar-de-los

 

Link to Case Filing: https://adfmedialegalfiles.blob.core.windows.net/files/DFcomplaint.pdf

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Link to Copy of Harrisonburg City Schools Non-Public Power Point Training on Gender, Transgender Issues: https://adfmedialegalfiles.blob.core.windows.net/files/HCPS-TransgenderStudentsStaffPresentation.pdf

 

June 2, 2022, Republican Congressional Leaders Expose Scheme To Pump Liberal Misinformation Newsguard Network Into Classrooms, American Liberty News

June 2, 2022, Schools Have The Tools They Need to Address Teacher Shortages, Daily Signal

May 31, 2022, Youngkin Signs Law That Involves Law Enforcement in School in School Crimes, The Republican Standard

May 26, 2022, Why Did Police Take So Long to Storm Texas School Massacre?, American Liberty News

May 26, 2022, After Texas Shooting, Virginia Governor Youngkin Gets Briefings, Calls for More Money For School Resources Officers, The Republican Standard

May 26, 2022, Briefs Files in Virginia Supreme Court in Case of Teacher Fired For Not Using Preferred Pronouns, The Republican Standard

May 25, 2022, Loudoun County Schools Report Spike in Racial Slurs, Hate Speech, WTOP

May 25, 2022, NY Dem Judge Unravels Liberal Plot to Racialize Schools in Just Four Sentences, Daily Caller

May 25, 2022, State Farm Ends Support for LGBTQ Books For Kids Amid Public Outcry, Daily Signal

May 25, 2022, Rockingham County Proposed Name Notification Policy to Go Through Review Process, Daily News Record

 

May 24, 2022, RCPS To Consider Parental Notification of Student Name Changes, Daily News Record

May 23, 2022, School Board Association Wanted Biden To Use Military Force Against Parents, American Liberty News

[Draft of School Board Assn Letter on Masks and Parent Involvement Included Use of Military]

May 23, 2022, Students Protest Alleged Sexual Assault at Broadway High School, Daily News Record

May 20, 2022, Youngkin Releases Education Report Showing Sliding Education Performance and Lower Standards in Virginia, The Republican Standard

May 17, 2022, Fairfax County Schools Consider Expelling Elementary Students for 'Misgendering' People, The Republican Standard

May 16, 2022, 'Pray for Peace' Shirts Still in Play Beyond Mongomery County, Virginia, Roanoke Times

May 16, 2022, Woke Arizona School Counselor Just Got Arrested - She's Accused of 1 Despicable Crime with 15-year-old Student, Patriot Journal

May 13, 2022, Add Homeschooling to List of Things Left Considered Racist, Daily Wire

May 12, 2022, Rockingham County School Board Approves Salary Scale  Increases, Daily News Record

May 9, 2022, Anti-Critical Race Theory Candidates Make Big Gains in Texas, Breitbart

May 8, 2022, Little Boy's Suicide at Chicago's Latin School Linked to Bullying Over Vaccination Status, The Liberty Revolution

May 4, 2022, Youngkin Signs Historical Bipartisan 'Literacy Act" Law, The Republican Standard

May 3, 2022, California Could Lead Charge in Fight Against Woke Education, Daily Signal

May 2, 2022, Read the 'Antiracism Fight Club' Book Distributed at Washington, DC, Public Elementary School, Washington Free Beacon

[Parents are livid]

Apr 30, 2022, Youngkin's Move to Force New Loudoun School Board Elections Called Troubling, Washington Post

Apr 27, 2022, US Supreme Court Sides with Elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology's Selective Admissions Policy, The Republican Standard

Apr 24, 2022, Iowa Educators Admit To Ignoring State's CRT Ban, The Republican Standard

Apr 23, 2022, The Media Doesn't Want to Talk About Why These Educators Featured on 'The Libs of Tik Tok' Got Booted From The Classroom, Daily Caller

Apr 21, 2022, Blacksburg High School Girls Lacrosse Team Involved in Controversy Over 'Pray for Peace' Shirts, WFXR - Fox Roanoke

Apr 20, 2022, The Battle for Parental Rights Rages on in Loudoun County, Washington Examiner

Apr 20, 2022, Fairfax County School Board Misleads Supreme Court to Defend Its Anti-Asian Admission Plan, Washington Free Beacon 

Apr 19, 2022, Albemarle Virginia School Board Severely Harrassed and Discriminated Against School Administrator After Fighting Against 'Anti-Racism' Training, The Republican Standard

Apr 19, 2022, Met the Alleged Pervert Who Silenced A Mothers's Protest About Obscene Books, Washington Free Beacon

Apr 19, 2022, Michigan Public School Threatens Maskless Parents With Crinminal Trespassing Charges, Daily Caller

Apr 18, 2022, Woodbridge Virginia Elementary School Staff Member Arrestedm  Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Multiple Children, The Republican Standard

Apr 17, 2022, CDC Study: Remote Learning Hurt Kids' Mental Health, The Republican Standard

Apr 16, 2022, Massachusetts Parents Sue School, Say Officials Encouraged Children to Use New Names and Pronouns Without Consent, Yahoo News

Let the Parents Decide

The Republican Party believes in sensible, cost-effective policies that respect your family's and our community's values and priorities. The educational environment and practices should be conducive to learning. Parental involvement is associated with successful student achievement and schools. 

 

Our children's futures depend upon their receiving a full education. Our expectation is that our children will receive a full education for the generous funding that the taxpayers have provided for education. The educational achievements and outcomes should be reflective of the community's expectations. Transparency in making school policy, selecting curriculum, setting instructional goals, and providing educational opportunity should be a given. 

 

2022 Virginia Legislative Update on School Bills

 

During his campaign, Governor Youngkin pledged to promote school safety and give parents more of a voice in educational decisions. Working with the House and Senate, Governor Youngkin has kept these promises by signing the following bills into law:

  • SB 656: Will require schools to notify parents when a school assignment includes sexually explicit content and will allow parents to review it and request an alternative assignment. A summary article is here. (A similar bill was previously vetoed by Governor McAuliffe, who later remarked in debate "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.")

  • HB 4: Will require schools to report crimes like sexual battery and stalking to law enforcement. This law will reverse the worst parts of a bill that was passed over Republican objections in 2020 when Democrats were in the majority.

  • HB741: This was my school safety bill, and will require each school to prepare a detailed floor plan for use by responders in the event of an emergency.

Resources on Education

Misinterpretation of SB1303 Regarding Mandate for Children To Wear Masks in School

Virginia for Education Freedeom (School Choice)

What to do if your school celebrates a holiday that your family doesn't - Noah Webster Educational Foundation

May 25, 2022, Four Steps Every School Can Take to Help Prevent Shootings, Daily Signal

Dec 23, 2021, We are Doctors. Here's the Truth About Transgender Females' Bodies and Athleticism, Daily Signal

Dec 17, 2021, Biden Education Department Will Keep Trump Era Effort to Catalog Teacher Sex Crimes, Washington Free Beacon

Dec 10, 2021, Most Commonly Spoken Language in the US After English and Spanish, Visual Capitalist

[Mandarin and Cantonese in many states]

Dec 7, 2021, Hundreds of College Professors Blast Woke Math Movement, New York Post

Dec 7, 2021, Here is the Biggest Supreme Court Case No One Is Talking About, Washington Free Beacon

[Justices are expected to rule favorably on school vouchers for religious schools]

Dec 7, 2021, Six Hundred Scientists, Mathematicians Rip California's Math Curriculum Plans, Daily Signal

Nov 20, 2021, Leaked Audio Reveals How California Teachers Recruit Kids into LGBTQ Clubs, Team Tucker Carlson

Nov 9, 2021, My Son's Teacher Showed a Transgender Video in Class. Here's What I did Next, Daily Signal

Nov 9, 2021, A Healthier, Moral Way to Navigate Modern Dating and Sex Culture, Daily Signal

Oct 29, 2021, How a Mom's Group - Moms for Liberty - Could Shake-Up 2022 Election, Daily Caller

Oct 11, 2021, New Group Equips Parents with Seven Tools to Combat Wokeness in K-12 Education, Daily Caller

June 28, 2021, Fact Checking the Fact Checkers: What Anti-Critical Race Theory Legislation Actually Does, Daily Signal

June 22, 2021, Is Your School Hiding Its Critical Race Theory? Here's 5 Things To Ask About, Daily Signal

June 9, 2021, Children Protected by 'Reasonable Independence' Laws in Three States, Treehugger

May 11, 2021, Hoover Institution's Education Experts Provide Solutions for Schools After COVID, Hoover Institution

Apr 29, 2021, Expand School Choice and Provide Fiscal Relief to Districts, Hoover Institution

Apr 29, 2021, Don't Let Public Schools Control Students Private Speech, Washington Examiner

Apr 27, 2021, Conclusions: How to Improve Our Schools in the Post-COVID Era, Hoover Institution

Apr 25, 2021, Some Examples of Critical Race Theory in Schools, Washington Free Beacon

Mar 30, 2021, In a Rebuke to Teacher's Unions, School Choice is Going Gangbusters in the States, Daily Signal

Mar 25, 2021, High School Coach Fired For Using Audible Anti-Semitic Football Calls, Yahoo News

Mar 19, 2021, Massachusetts School Officials Deny Firing Football Coach Over Political Differences, Washington Free Beacon

Mar 16, 2021, Minnesota Teacher-Diversity Bill Could Push Out 700 Hundred of Minority Teachers, Washington Free Beacon

Mar 8, 2021, Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Student Punished for Religious Speech, Washington Free Beacon

[8-1 Ruling Strikes Blow Against Campus Policies Targeting Religious Expression, Chief Justice Roberts was the only dissenter]

Feb 24, 2021, Website Tracks Which Colleges Embrace Training in Critical Race Theory, Daily Signal

Feb 24, 2021, 'Hateful, Divisive, Manipulative Fraud': Chinese-American Organization Denounces Critical Race Theory, Washington Examiner

Feb 16, 2021, It's Time to Hold School Boards Accountable, Daily Signal

Why America is Free (Why Knowing Our History Matters)

Jan 26, 2021, Inside the 'Diversity Audit' Conducted at a Top US Prep School. Washington Free Beacon 

Jan 26, 2021, K-12 Education Was Broken Long Before the Pandemic. Let's Rethink It, Washington Examiner

Dec 19, 2020, School Choice Lowers Teenage Suicide: Study, Washington Examiner

2020 Demographic Report on America's 4 Million Teachers, USA Facts

Dec 7, 2020, The Education Exchange: How Online Learning is Unleashing Innovation, Hoover Institution

Dec 5, 2020, School Shutdowns Are Crushing Low-Income and Special Needs Students, Washington Examiner

Dec 4, 2020, San Diego Required Anti-Racism Training for Teachers, Washington Free Beacon

Dec 3, 2020, Education or Indoctrination? 'Anti-Racist' Teaching Sweeps K-12 Education Targeting Whiteness, Daily Signal

Dec 1, 2020, Toward Equitable School Choice, Hoover Education Success Initiative, Hoover Institution

Healthy Buildings Research and Guidance, Harvard T.H. Chan School for Health

Nov 13, 2020, Updated Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs

Oct 29, 2020, Updated CDC Guidelines for Operating Schools During COVID

Oct 30, 2020,  VSHL: Releases Guidelines for High School Sports, to Resume in December, when Gov Northam Eases COVID-19 Restrictions, Richmond Times Dispatch

Fall 2020, How Family Background Influences Student Achievement, Education Next

Fall 2020, How to Reduce Racial Bias in Grading, Education Next

Fall 2020, High School Exit Exams Are Tough on Crime, Education Next

Fall 2020, How the Coronavirus Crisis May Improve Teacher Quality: The Impact of Recession Hiring, Education Next

American Education in 2030: K-12 Task Force Papers, Hoover Institution

Jun 15, 2020, The Future of School Accountability, Hoover Institution

May 28, 2020, Nine Jobs for High School Graduates, Indeed.com

Mar 7, 2020, Top Five Skills Needed When Graduating from High School, Maximum Potential (maxpt,org)

2019 Employers Ratings of Importance of Skills and Competencies College Graduates Need to Get Hired: Evidence from the New England Region of USA, ERIC-U.S. Dept. of Education

May 3, 2020, Hiring Expectations for Recent College Graduates, The Strategic CFO

Apr 3, 2018, The Skills Gap: Employers Expect More Than What College Grads Offer, The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Andrew Pollack and Max Eden, Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created the Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students, New York: Post Hill Press, 2019. Andrew Pollack's Daughter Meadow was killed by the Parkland, Florida shooter at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. He describes how an avoidable shooting became inevitable when the shooter slipped through the cracks and how the policies pioneered in the Broward County School District are in wide use in other school districts.

Dec 25, 2018, Legislative Committee Releases School Safety Report, Daily News Record

Commentary and Opinion on Education

Dec 2, 2020, Walter Williams: The Tragedy of Black Education is New. Daily Signal