The school board in Russell, Virginia has rejected the teaching of Critical Race Theory as well as the state Department of Education’s mandated transgender policy.
The vast majority of people in attendance were against the Virginia Department of Education’s model policy for treatment of transgender students.
Under the new policy, transgender students are allowed to use a name or gender that reflects their gender identity. They are also allowed access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.
In a unanimous decision, the school board voted to reject the model policy drafted by the Virginia Department of Education. The board also voted against critical race theory being taught in schools.
Board members said it was their job to protect all students, and they believe the school district is already in compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws.
School board member Bob Gibson said in a statement to News 5 “I was elected by the people of this community and I intend to stand up to protect every kid and do the will of the people of Russell County—and not that of an overreaching state government. The most important thing we can do is protect every kid and to provide them with a safe and secure place to learn.”