LOUDOUN DUSTUPS OVER RACE AND EDUCATION INTENSIFY
A group of Loudoun County parents is trying to oust six members of the school board because of an ongoing feud over “critical race theory.” The group, the Fight for Schools PAC, is led by Ian Prior, a Loudoun County parent who previously worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee and former President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice. He says the six named school board members are part of a “secret Facebook group where members compiled a list of parents who opposed critical race theory in the school district,” according to the Daily Wire. The Facebook group is called “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County.”
“Critical race theory” was not explained, but a Fox News article that quoted the Daily Wire implied that strong feelings for and against minorities are at the heart of the conflict. For months, parents and school officials have wrestled with questions about “equity trainings.” Loudoun’s interim superintendent issued a statement, “In explaining LCPS’ equity priorities, it might be helpful to state what they are not. They are not an effort to indoctrinate students and staff into a particular philosophy or theory. What they are is an effort to provide a welcoming, inclusive, affirming environment for all students.” He added, “LCPS’ work on equity is a journey that requires the commitment of staff at all levels. I feel the staff’s work, which has been sustained, honest and undertaken in good faith, has been misrepresented recently by some members of the public.”
The protesting parents might take a lesson by defining what it is that they are protesting. Loudoun students might learn something.
FAIRFAX COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY TARGET OF RECALL
And speaking of recalls . . . a group called Stand Up Virginia is trying to recall Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano because his “progressive agenda gets in the way of punishing criminals and puts people in danger.” Who is Stand Up Virginia? “We the People of Virginia stand for freedom and liberty for all Virginians. We respect parental rights to instill values in our children in our homes. We oppose the dismantling of safety and law enforcement in our communities.”
At issue is Descano’s decision not to prosecute certain cases due to inadequate staffing. He has said that he would like to handle all misdemeanor cases, but doesn’t have the staffing to do so properly. His office has said it needs to focus its resources on felonies and more serious misdemeanors, such as domestic violence, sexual battery, and drunk driving. The new policy went into effect last summer.
Descano cites having one of the lowest per-capita funding levels of all the state’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ offices, making it impossible to meet the fundamental ethical obligations associated with participation in all misdemeanor cases. He said that should the county provide the necessary resources, he would certainly handle these cases.
He told the Board of Supervisors last fall that the prosecutor’s office had been underfunded for years and that it was affecting its ability to effectively do the job, especially as prosecutors were facing the time-consuming new commitment of reviewing body-worn camera footage from police. The board approved 15 new positions tied to the rollout of the cameras.
Some in Fairfax think recall is the answer to their wishes. But they don’t want to pay for their dreams.
GUN DISCHARGE ACCIDENT?
A 24-year-old Winchester driver who hurriedly tried to hide a gun underneath the seat was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, brandishing a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon when the gun suddenly went off. The bullet exited the bottom of the car past the deputy who had pulled him over and three children, aged 2 through 7, who were in the back seat.
The driver told police that he moved the gun from the car’s locked center console because he’d “seen what cops do to white and black people with guns.”
Oooopps! It helps to know what you’re doing.