Virginia Education Association denounces removal of divisive concepts in schools
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Virginia Education Association is challenging the governor of Virginia to eliminate divisive concepts from public schools.
“It’s about teaching culturally competent lessons that have been approved, tried and true. Many educators are aware that no matter what they teach, it will be reported to the tip line,” said VEA President James Fedderman.
VEA, joined by other organizations Tuesday at the Virginia State Capitol, said concerns centered on the governor’s first executive order, which bans inherently divisive concepts, including critical race theory, in public schools.
Those at the rally say that, coupled with an email advice line for parents to register their teaching concerns, has become a recipe for disaster in the classroom.
“And I think when we’re talking about quotes, about divisive concepts, I think we’re just talking about history, and I’m afraid that if we don’t learn from our history, we’re going to repeat it,” said Taikein Cooper, executive director of Virginia Excels.
A spokesperson for the governor hit back in a statement saying, “The politically motivated teachers union VEA has failed teachers, parents and students since 1863. Their past initiatives have not done enough to increase success. academically, their huge political donations to the Democrats have not done enough to improve academic excellence, and now their baseless opinions will have no impact on the future academic success of Virginia’s next generation. Governor Youngkin is focused on strengthening educational opportunities for all Virginians and is undeterred by partisan stakeholders who continue to fail Virginia students and parents.
“In public education, remember that most decisions are political decisions made by politicians, and that’s so true today,” said Frank Callahan, chair of the education committee at Virginia. State Conference NAACP.
Last month, a 30-day interim report identified no instances of Critical Race Theory being taught in the classroom. But he cited a range of Department for Education online documents, memos, a webinar and a math pilot program as examples he had identified and was either canceling or evaluating.
“It can only happen when we recognize that we don’t have to live in the past, but we have to live with it,” said Amy Walters, Legal Aid Justice Center.
VEA endeavors to place all materials taken by the State Department of Education on its website with free access.
A 90-day report will be presented to Youngkin and Secretary Guidera according to the deadline established by the decree.
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