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WINCHESTER — Efforts to provide a more culturally responsive curriculum and inclusive environment will continue in Winchester Public Schools despite Virginia’s suspension of racial equity programs, according to Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum.

The division’s policy defines equity as “fostering a barrier-free environment whereby all students have the opportunity to benefit from the establishment of high standards and the provision of support, effective learning and resources for a high-quality education.” Van Heukelum recently said that the division’s equity policy is more a philosophy than a program. He said it’s in line with some statements in Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order. The order prompted the recension of equity programs, which took effect last month.

Van Heukelum said providing a “culturally responsive” curriculum is especially important in Winchester. Of the 4,300 students in the division, 41% are Hispanic, 38% are wh


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