Virginia’s Loudon County Public School (LCPS) district has revised its proposed speech policy, which would have prohibited teachers from criticizing the district’s racial equality plan that portrays the United States as intrinsically racist.
The swift reversal follows backlash from the teachers’ union, outraged parents, and local media reports.
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Per the Washington Free Beacon:
Leadership from the Loudoun Education Association, the district’s largest teachers’ union, told the Free Beacon that a school board member plans to take the speech policy off of the upcoming board meeting itinerary, effectively stalling any vote. This change will allow the human resources department to “revise and review” the policy that, as currently written, prohibits employees from criticizing the school district’s “commitment to action-oriented equity practices” in all forms of public and personal communication.
Loudoun Education Association president Sandy Sullivan held a meeting with Loudoun County school board administrators and human resources on Monday to discuss the union’s concerns about the policy. After the meeting, Sullivan said the policy’s planned implementation appears to be less rigid than what the text of the policy indicates, though she feels strongly that the language should be revised to accurately portray the district’s expectations.
“Going through a conversation with [the school board], it sounded like the policy seems not as harsh as it was at first reading,” Sullivan said. “It needs to be clear that people shouldn’t have to ask questions to understand what the policy means. Employees should be able to pick up the policy and read it and understand what the expectations are.”
Teachers were upset with the policy proposal, which prompted immediate concerns from the union. Sullivan told the Free Beacon she wanted “to make sure employees can speak freely without repercussions,” which is not what the policy in its current form permits.
LCPS is Virginia’s third-largest and one of the state’s fastest-growing — with over 84,000 students.
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