Former Virginia administrator sues school board, alleging racial harassment

Emily Mais was an assistant principal at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School until last September, when she claimed she was forced out of her job over accusations of harassment and racism.

Mais was participating in a training session based on a book calledCourageous Conversations about Race,” which Albemarle County School District began using in 2019. The book gives positive and negative characteristics to people based on race and says racism can be committed only by thedominant race,” referring to White people.

Courageous Conversationswas mentioned explicitly in a February report from Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Balow as an example of critical race theory-based curricula in Virginia schools. The report was conducted in response to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s first executive orders to review and identify divisive concepts in public schools.

Former assistant principal Emily Mais, in a photo provided by her attorney.

Former assistant principal Emily Mais, in a photo provided by her attorney.

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