RICHMAND, Virginia (WRIC) – Gov. Glenn Yangkin has released an interim report by Virginia Public Education Director Gillian Bell, which identifies and examines “inherently shared concepts” that she says have become “widespread.” Department of Education and State School units.
According to a release from the governor’s office, the report contains repealed policies and programs that “promote discriminatory and divisive concepts such as critical race theory».
The Ball report shares that several equity initiatives from the administration of former Gov. Ralph Nortem have now been scrapped.
These include the Virginia Department of Education’s EdEquityVA website and resources, as well as an audit tool that has been designed to guide school leaders in their quest to focus on justice in “planning, allocating resources and implementing strategy”.
“All students from Virginia should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education that teaches all history, including good and bad, prioritizes academic success and promotes equal opportunities for all students. Our students from Virginia should not be taught discrimination based on gender, skin color or religion, and VDOE policy should certainly not recommend such concepts, ”said Governor Yangkin.
“There is a lot of work to be done, but I am glad that Superintendent Bolov is actively reviewing the policy and practice in the Commonwealth,” Yangkin continued. “This is the first step in improving Virginia’s education system, restoring high academic expectations, preparing our future generation for careers or preparing for college, and providing equal opportunities for all Virginia students. As your governor, I will continually stand up for students and parents and look forward to signing the largest education budget in Virginia history. ”