FALLS CHURCH, VA — Teachers are growing increasingly worried about their classroom lesson plans and the books they assign to students out of fear that students or parents will report them to a tip line set up by the Virginia governor’s office, speakers said at a rally at the Tinner Hill Historic Park in Falls Church Sunday afternoon.
Pat Hynes, who served two terms on the Fairfax County School Board from 2011 to 2019, told the crowd that schools in Fairfax County “were really just beginning to make progress on equity, inclusion and teaching the full truth of our history when I was on the school board.”
“Today, we face a governor who wants … to smother good teaching, teaching that empowers our students with the truth and the skills to be critical thinkers,” said Hynes, co-founder of Stand and Deliver Virginia, the group that organized Sunday’s event with the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation.
Micaela Pond, a teacher in Arlington Public Schools and co-founder of Stand and Deliver Virginia, told the crowd that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have gone from receiving praise from communities to getting accused of being a threat to children’s education.
“Fast forward two years, and now we are a threat,” she said. “Trust me, I am not a threat.”
The mission of Stand and Deliver Virginia, formed only three weeks ago in response to the demonization of ed
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