Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia won his office by saying he sided with parents over woke school administrators.
Since then, many Americans have been waiting for him to follow up his tough campaign talk with some action.
But Glenn Youngkin just dropped a truth bomb about this school district’s bizarre DEI spending.
Youngkin’s path to victory
In 2021, while running for Governor of Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin zeroed in on the issue of parents’ role in education – specifically targeting teachers union bosses, school boards and Critical Race Theory.
The moderate establishment Republican was able to harness anger over coronavirus pandemic school closures, transgenders in girls bathrooms, and student rape scandals.
On election day, the Left was shocked as the businessman defeated former Democrat Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the state’s race for Governor.
In a race McAuliffe was expected to win relatively easily in the rapidly blue-trending Old Dominion State – Youngkin’s parental rights agenda helped him beat McAuliffe by 2-points for the victory.
Since then, Youngkin has been relatively quiet on the policy front, but did spend time campaigning for several Republican candidates in the 2022 Midterm elections.
But now, Youngkin seems to be finally returning to the issue that put him in the Governor’s mansion.
Equity at all costs
The Governor is slamming government-run schools in Fairfax County for continuation of its radical policies and spending in the name of “equity.”
“The reality is that we have a superintendent in Fairfax schools who has explicitly stated that her top objective is equal outcomes for all students, regardless of the price,” Youngkin said in an interview with WJLA-TV.
The price tag Youngkin is talking about is $450,000 on equity coaches for the district.
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares has launched an investigation into the district.
The investigation – which is ongoing – has so far discovered principals in the district withholding academic achievement awards from students who earned them in order to “be fair to the students who didn’t win.”
“Now we know the price includes paying $450,000 to a radical leftist consultant to come in and teach the administrators in Fairfax County how to do this,” Youngkin said. “What it appears happened is that principals in schools decided that they were going to systematically withhold accolades and a path to college admission and scholarships from high-performing students.”
Seven high schools in Fairfax County have admitted to failing to provide students with notification of the awards in time for college scholarship and admissions deadlines.
That’s 25% of the entire district.
High-achieving students are paying the price with missed opportunities for $90,000-$100,000 scholarships.
“It impacts their ability to apply to college for scholarships, and in this idea of a golden ticket, as it is called, was withheld from them,” Youngkin added. “And it seems to have been withheld from them for the purpose of not wanting to make people feel bad who didn’t achieve it.”
Meanwhile, parents are picking up the $450,000 tab for the consultants who taught the schools how to do it.
“What it appears happened is that principals in schools decided that they were going to systematically withhold accolades and a path to college admission and scholarships from high-performing students,” Youngkin said.
An ongoing problem
The Governor is fighting back against the social-emotional learning system that is dominating government-run schools in his state.
“This overarching effort for equal outcomes is hurting Virginia’s children and it’s hurting, even worse, the children that they aspire to help — children in the black community and children in the Hispanic community and children who are in the socio-economically challenged community and Virginia’s kids with disabilities,” Youngkin explained. “They have in fact suffered even more.”
Democrats in the Virginia state legislature have called this a “fake controversy.”
However, Youngkin is quick to point out residents have heard that line from them before.
“That’s the exact same thing they said last year when we called for an investigation in Loudoun County around the sexual assault of young women and what appeared to be the cover-up of that, and after a grand jury found that in fact, it had been a cover-up,” Youngkin said. “And then officials were indicted and subsequently fired. The reality of where we stand in the light of truth, versus political posturing, comes full circle. And here we are again.”