World Virginia promotes book telling teachers to embrace CRT, which McAuliffe says isn't being taught
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The closely watched gubernatorial race in Virginia between Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin is all tied up, according to a new poll.McAuliffe and Youngkin are both at 46% among Virginia registered voters, according to a Monmouth University survey conducted Oct. 16-19 and released on Wednesday.
Virginia’s Department of Education is promoting a book that says "teachers must embrace theories such as critical race theory."
Terry McAuliffe has said throughout his gubernatorial campaign that the radical ideology is not taught inschools.
The department’s website provides resources for its equity initiatives, which includes a tab titled "." The list, comprised of resources the equity office recommends and references in its work, includes books by anti-racist advocate Ibram X. Kendi and Abolitionist Teaching Network co-founder Bettina Love.
"Lastly, teachers must embrace theories such as critical race theory, settler colonialism, Black feminism, dis/ability, critical race studies, and other critical theories, that have the ability to interrogate anti-Blackness …" Love wrote in "We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom."
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The book was sixth on the Virginia department’s list and was also promoted in a. While the inclusion isn't evidence that critical race theory is being taught in the state's schools, Love's book provides guidance for educators, stating that teachers need to question whiteness and do away with phrases like "work hard" and "be nice."
McAuliffe, a Democrat, has repeatedly said critical race theory is not taught in Virginia schools and has said his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, uses contention surrounding the radical ideology to divide people.
"It’s a dog whistle," McAuliffe, a former governor, toldon Oct. 7. "It’s racial. It’s division. And it’s used by Glenn Youngkin and others … to divide people."
McAuliffe warns against Youngkin's 'far-right social agenda' on abortion, same-sex marriage, 'book banning'
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe attacked his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, on Wednesday, accusing him of trying to foist a "far-right social agenda" on the Old Dominion state on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Youngkin previously told Fox News that McAuliffe had twisted his words on these issues. "Glenn Youngkin’s far-right social agenda is WRONG for Virginia," McAuliffe posted on Twitter. "From abortion rights to same-sex marriage to book banning. He wants to take us back.
"It’s not taught here in Virginia," he said repeatedly through the interview and again during an Oct. 10 CNN appearance.
"This is a made-up – This is a Trump, Betsy DeVos, Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people,"on "State of the Union."
He previously said claims that critical race theory was being taught in Virginia schools was a "," Fox News reported in June.
at 46% among Virginia’s registered voters, according to a Monmouth University poll published Oct. 20.
Education has been a contentious focal point in the months leading up to the, as school board meetings, particularly in Loudon County, have erupted with parents and officials clashing over issues ranging from critical race theory and equity to gender.
The McAuliffe campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
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The Virginia Department of Education's website said itsis "focused on establishing equity targets, measuring equity outcomes … and implementing systemic policy and regulatory changes." It also said an equity office within the department is charged with leading "efforts to advance education equity, eliminate achievement gaps and increase opportunity, and decrease disproportionality in student outcomes."
The equity program includes a variety of resources, including anused to determine whether a school is hitting certain standards. It, for example, asks whether the student code of conduct includes an anti-racism statement or if language was removed from the code that "categorizes racial justice movements (Black Power, Black Lives Matter, La Raza, etc.) as racist, hate speech, or controversial."
At the top of its reading list, which included Love’s book, the Department of Education states that the books "are the resources the Office of Equity and Community Engagement references in the development of our work, as well as texts we recommend."
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Ibram X. Kendi, founder of the “anti-racism” movement, which critics say applies critical race theory, will deliver a “keynote plenary” speech at the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference.The Virginia Governor's Housing Conference (VAGHC) will take place on Nov. 10-12, just over a week after the governor's race ends. Kendi will deliver the keynote speech at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, according to the schedule.
At the bottom, it states: "Some of the links on the #EdEquityVA pages lead you to websites not associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education. VDOE does not necessarily endorse the views expressed or the data and facts presented on these external sites."
A spokesman for the department, Ken Blackstone, told Fox News: "Critical race theory is not included in Virginia's Standards of Learning."
He did not address questions about whether the ideology is taught in schools or if administrators incorporate it into their policies.
In addition to explicitly endorsing critical race theory, Love’s book promotes other racially charged changes to the education system.
"Teachers need to be taught how to question Whiteness and White supremacy, how to check and deal with their White emotions of guilt and anger, and how these all impact their classrooms," Love wrote in her book.
"Teachers must demand the end of high-stakes testing and the yelling of slogans at dark children, such as ‘knowledge is power,’ ‘work hard,’ ‘be nice,’ and ‘no excuses,’ because all you need is grit," she wrote.
Virginia isn’t alone in its involvement with Love. The Biden administration previously, the activist organization Love co-founded.
McAuliffe calls CRT fight ‘racist dog whistle,’ claims 'never been taught’ in Va. despite past state promotion
Democratic Terry McAuliffe repeated the questionable claim Sunday that critical race theory has "never been taught" in Virginia’s public schools and that the fight to ban it is a "racist dog whistle.""What's Glenn Youngkin education plan? He wants to ban critical race theory. Well, let me explain: It's never been taught in Virginia," McAuliffe said about his Republican opponent on NBC's "Meet the Press.
The federal Department of Education linked to the handbook – littered with language that appears to fall in line with critical race theory doctrine – in its guidance on how public schools could spend coronavirus relief funding, Fox News reported in July.
"Abolitionist Teachers" should "[b]uild a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and educators who disrupt Whiteness and other forms of oppression," the handbook states, for example.
hours after Fox News reported on the inclusion – three months after the guidance was published – and removed the link.
"The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions," a department spokesperson told Fox News. "It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation."
The spokesperson did not elaborate further and did not say why the link was initially included.
Meanwhile, at least two.
Deputy Education Secretary Cindy Marten led the San Diego school system when it paid Love $11,000 for a speaking event. Marten was nominated to the federal education department before the guidance was posted but wasn’t confirmed until after.
Additionally, the head of the office that published the document, acting Assistant Secretary Donna Harris-Aikens, is also connected to Love. Harris Aikens was a senior director for the National Education Association when it hosted Love as a speaker at a June 2020 event.
What Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia win means for Democrats .
The midterms are still a year away, but this is one ominous sign among several for the party.The final margin isn’t yet clear, but no matter what, it represents a major swing of Virginia voters toward Republicans that will strike fear into Democrats’ hearts ahead of next year’s midterm elections. In 2017, Democrats won the governor’s race by 9 points, and Joe Biden won the state by 10 points in 2020.