How school board meetings turned into a battleground over America’s kids in 2021

The battle over kritiese rasteorie (CRT) had started emerging at least since last year as Loudoun County, Virginia, parents criticized the district’s equity materials. While other districts in the U.S. had dealt with the issue, Loudoun appeared to gain the most attention, and the state as a whole would become a test case for the political saliency of education.

Amy Carney speaks on behalf of parents during a protest against critical race theory being taught at Scottsdale Unified School District before a digital school board meeting at Coronado High School in Scottsdale May 24, 2021.

Amy Carney speaks on behalf of parents during a protest against critical race theory being taught at Scottsdale Unified School District before a digital school board meeting at Coronado High School in Scottsdale May 24, 2021. (Reuters)

Regoor die land, parents have alleged that school officials failed to adequately respond or retaliated against them for raising concerns about content in schools. Loudoun was no different. Early in 2021, the county was rocked by news that a group of parents had been attempting to compile a list of other residents who opposed CRT.

The relative novelty of some of the content’s claims also helped draw attention to the issue. Byvoorbeeld, Fox News previously reported on Oregon promoting a teacher training program that sought to dismantle racism in mathematics. One of the materials claimed, onder andere, that White supremacy was behind the focus on finding the right answer.

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That material also popped up in California, which saw plenty of controversy surrounding material like chanting to an Aztec god that accepted human sacrifice. Examples like that proliferated as Parents Defending Education (PDE), Parents Against Critical Theory and other anti-CRT groups dug into educational plans across the country. Anti-CRT researcher Chris Rufo, who uncovered the Aztec prayer, continually injected CRT into 2021’s national dialogue as his reporting highlighted example after example of racial content in schools and corporations.

School board member of Loudoun County Public Schools Brenda Sheridan looks at her laptop during a public school board meeting in Ashburn, Va., op Okt.. 12, 2021. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

School board member of Loudoun County Public Schools Brenda Sheridan looks at her laptop during a public school board meeting in Ashburn, Va., op Okt.. 12, 2021. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

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