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Madison and Orange County School Boards to Discuss Critical Race Theory Bans

MADISON Co., Va. (WVIR) — Some Central Virginia school boards are about to make changes to what can be taught, or even discussed, in the classroom.

The Madison County and Orange County school boards are meeting Monday and the resolutions on the table both indicate, thanks to Gov. Glenn Youngkin, that so-called critical race theory could be outlawed.

Madison’s proposed CRT ban, which was drafted by school board member Christopher Wingate, also includes further guidance to “teach on controversial issues.”

It says teachers will “provide opposing viewpoints in a fair and unbiased manner”, “refrain from displaying flags or banners…that appear to take sides on controversial issues”, and prohibit any “instruction or discussion with students regarding… sexual orientation or gender choices, contraception and abortion before grade 9”.

Once in high school, these subjects would only be taught in family life education classes.

Board members discussed the proposal at a meeting last month.

“This is another one of those programs that we have to stay away from,” Charlie Sheads said. “There are only two genders. It’s either a boy or a girl. »

At Orange, two separate resolutions will be discussed.

The first would get rid of critical race theory and the EdEquity framework, as it says that “dividing content is detrimental to equity in education.” The second would end all teaching and discussion “relating to sexual orientation…or gender identity” without parental consent.

A 2021 memo from the Virginia Department of Education indicates that critical race theory is not taught in any public schools in Virginia.

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