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Virginia | May 14, 2021

Parents fed up with SJW politics campaign to oust Loudoun County school board members

Virginia | May 14, 2021

Parents of children who attend Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia have launched a new ad campaign to fight the teaching of critical race theory in their schools and oust the school board. Elicia Brandy and Cheryl Onderchain, two mothers of children in the school district, were interviewed on “Fox & Friends” Friday about their efforts to recall six members of the school board. Loudoun County schools are embroiled in controversy as fed-up parents have objected to pornographic material being read in the 9th grade curriculum and tenets of critical race theory being prioritized while the district has been slow to reopen for in-person learning…

(Excerpt from the Blaze)

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Virginia | May 14, 2021

Angry Virginia moms line up to read ‘pornographic’ excerpts from books assigned to 9th graders

Virginia | May 14, 2021

The parents want Loudoun County School Board members recalled

A group of furious parents lined up before Virginia’s Loudoun County School Board this week to read several “pornographic” passages from books assigned to ninth graders in the district, amid a recall effort against several of the board’s members.

What are the details?

In a clip from Tuesday night’s meeting provided by Media Research Center, the first mom reads from a book describing a domestic violence scenario where the narrator talks about a female “coming out of some car in these tight-a** little shorts…telling me she’s going to leave me.”

“I grab her by the neck and start punching her,” the mother continues to read. Later, the narrator describes keeping the female “in a closet for a couple of days” where “she kept on screaming, begging to be let out. Begging for water.”..

(Excerpts from the Blaze)

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Michigan | May 14, 2021

University of Michigan Jewish Group Blasts ‘Inflammatory’ Student Government Accusations of Israeli ‘Apartheid’

Michigan | May 14, 2021

The Central Student Government (CSG) of the University of Michigan accused Israel of committing war crimes and ethnic cleansing on Monday, in a statement that Jewish student groups called hurtful and inflammatory amid the hostilities between Israel and the Hamas militant group.

“This is not a conflict, but emblematic of Israeli settler-colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid,” said the CSG statement, which accused Israeli authorities of “targeting Muslims during the holiest month of Ramadan.”

The statement also denounced the university for “choosing not to divest from Israeli companies profiting off of the settler state’s occupation,” and castigated the CSG itself for its “prior complicity with Israel’s violence through participation in events such as yearly trips to Israel.”..

(Excerpts from the Algemeiner)

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Virginia | May 14, 2021

Conservative Colleges Are Flourishing

Virginia | May 14, 2021

Many liberal schools are seeing declines in enrollment and could be forced to close their doors in the coming years due to lack of revenue.

Conservative and Christian universities across the country are dramatically increasing their enrollment numbers. Critical thinking, math, and science may once again become the pinnacle of higher learning. Meanwhile, liberal schools are seeing declines in enrollment. Many of these traditionally secular and liberal schools will be forced to close their doors in the coming years due to lack of revenue. While it is true that Covid will accelerate the demise of status quo higher education, it is the epidemic of wokeness that is ultimately responsible for their fall.

Dr. Steve Turley, an influential conservative scholar, speaker, and author elaborates. “For example, in radical contrast to the enrollment deficits that so many of these leftwing secular colleges experienced prior to the Covid outbreak, enrollment has actually been rising at conservative and Christian colleges! In fact, four of the five conservative Christian colleges and universities with the highest freshman enrollment have actually tripled the size of their incoming class since the fall of 2001. Liberty University quadrupled their student enrollment in the last few years prior to the pandemic. According to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the 150 colleges that they represent have grown on average by an astonishing 20 percent in their enrollment since 2003, all the while the absolute enrollment among universities nationwide went down 10 percent.”…

(Excerpts from Daily Touch)

 

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Tennessee | May 12, 2021

Surveys Show Largest Expansion of School Choice in U.S. History

Tennessee | May 12, 2021

More children are likely to have increased access to educational options after state legislators across the U.S. advanced a slew of bills this year expanding school choice, according to several state-by-state surveys.

“This is a banner year for the educational choice movement. Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide will now have greater access to educational opportunities,” Jason Bedrick, director of policy at Ed Choice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs, told The Center Square.

At least 50 school choice bills have been introduced in 30 states so far, designed to create or expand vouchers, tax-credit scholarships and education savings accounts, among other measures.

To date, 10 states have proposed five new programs and 10 states have expanded existing programs, Bedrick told The Center Square. They include the legislatures of Indiana and Nevada creating Educational Savings Accounts for the first time in their states, as well as Kentucky and Missouri creating tax-credit-funded Education Savings Accounts for the first time in their states…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Virginia | May 11, 2021

Major School District in Virginia Eyes ‘Anti-Racism’ Instead of Questioning Assumptions

Virginia | May 11, 2021

Major School District in Virginia Eyes ‘Anti-Racism’ Instead of Questioning Assumptions

 

Parents in one of the nation’s largest school districts are being asked about how schools should teach their children about systemic racism, “multiple identities,” and ways to “challenge power and privilege.”

Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools sent a survey Thursday to parents and teachers seeking input about the school system’s future “anti-racism” and “anti-bias” policy.

“One key strategy to achieve educational equity is to analyze and address the beliefs and policies that inform teaching practices along with what is taught in schools,” Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand said in an email message introducing the survey to parents and teachers.

“FCPS will begin by revising the existing Controversial Issues Policy and developing a new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy,” Brabrand said.

The Fairfax County school system’s current Controversial Issues Policy requires teaching both sides of an issue deemed controversial….

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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