Virginia Beach’s ‘equity resolution’ fails


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Members of the Virginia Beach School Board are examining racial equity and how it should be taught in school.

The resolution, drafted by board member Carolyn Weems, was debated on Tuesday and reportedly laid the groundwork to prevent the teaching of critical race theory on school property.

Ultimately, the resolution was not passed in a 4-7 vote because some school board members said the resolution as drafted could be misinterpreted by parents and teachers. .

The document listed a series of statements calling on Virginia Beach City public schools not to teach that one race is superior to another, that an individual whose skin color is not inherently racist or responsible for the actions committed. by other members of that person race, skin color or religion.

The document also states that the school recognizes that it cannot limit or discourage employees from researching, discussing or exploring books, media / publications or materials related to racial issues that divide rather than researching the unit, but asks them to do so in their free time and not on school property.

The resolution reportedly prevented critical race theory from being taught in schools – much to the dismay of some students who raised concerns with the school board on Tuesday.

“We teach our kids white lies in a white program. It teaches them to ignore the things going on around them, ”said a student from VBCPS.

Another student spoke out against the board for ignoring systemic racism.

Over the next two hours, parents – who in meeting after meeting have spoken out against Critical Race Theory – expressed support for the document that would prevent educators from teaching that the United States is fundamentally a country and inherently racist and that capitalism is racist.

“We shouldn’t need a resolution to clarify fairness, but it clearly does. All students should already know that they are considered equal, ”said one parent, while another praised the document.

“Nothing in this resolution should give any of you pause for thought as it talks about maintaining a learning environment that encourages unity, mutual respect and personal responsibility,” said another.

The resolution also notes that the school board recognizes that racism still exists, but that it is not an acceptable practice with the VBCPS division.

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