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Carrie Lukas: I'm a Virginia mom and I don't trust my local public school

Carrie Lukas: I'm a Virginia mom and I don't trust my local public school


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Quality public schools were a priority for me when I relocated to Virginia. My children needed schools that offered a good education, supportive community, and positive interaction. Because I was a busy working mother, schools were essential to my trust.

But I don’t trust Virginia public schools anymore. I don’t trust that my local school board will prioritize students’ needs over the desires of union workers. I don’t trust that they share my values and seek to teach my kids facts and skills, rather than to indoctrinate them into a specific and extreme political view. I don’t trust that they really prioritize student safety and well being; and I especially do not trust that they are honest and transparent with parents.


Recently it came to light that numerous Virginia high schools’ libraries included books like a cartoon graphic novel—a genre geared to emerging readers and preteens—with extreme sexual content. This isn’t parents being squeamish about their child’s exposure to the facts of life or to routine sex scenes. This is closer to pornography. 

One parent discovered the book’s existence and brought it to the attention the Fairfax County School Board. He read sections aloud, which revealed how inappropriate its content was. The book was taken from libraries by the school board, who is now evaluating whether the book should be kept.

I don’t trust that my local school board will prioritize students’ needs over the desires of union workers.

Questions remain about the original decision of including this book in the library. Can we be sure that Virginia’s school boards will not decide this book is inappropriate. Are they being held accountable for making such poor judgements?

Independent Women’s Voice created an advertisement to raise awareness about this issue—but the ad was rejected as too explicit to run during the 11 p.m. hour on television in Virginia. What is it that high schools are less concerned about the exposure of students as young as 14 to than television stations that cater to adults?

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This isn’t the only problem with content in Virginia schools. My children regularly have to endure racist classes. They’ve taken a quiz that told them that speaking with a British accent was a microaggression and form of racism. They also watched misleading videos about Christopher Columbus in anticipation of “Indigenous People’s Day.”

Last year was a difficult year for many parents. Classes were conducted online and it became apparent that there is something very wrong. Like me, parents log their children online to be amazed by the content being presented. Our frustration was also evident as we saw with dismay how Virginia private schools were able to resume in-person learning quickly, while our public schools remained closed for several months. Our children experienced tremendous learning and mental losses due to their virtual learning.


Virginia parents recently learned that Loudoun County school officials failed to report a brutal sexual assault on a student in a school toilet. Additionally, the attacker was then placed in another Virginia high school before attacking another girl. 


Why did this student return to school so soon after the second attack? Loudoun County Schools have failed to report many more incidents. Other schools have shown disturbing videos of violence. Do Virginia school officials really want to provide safe environments for students, even though it contradicts their political beliefs?

Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAulliffe recently said that he doesn’t “think parents should be telling schools what they should teach” and vetoed a bill that would have required schools to give parents more information about sexually explicit content covered in school.

Washington, D.C. officials from Biden’s administration are now trying to make concerned parents terrorists. What’s going on here? Why is the left demonizing parents and suggesting that we somehow aren’t supposed to be our children’s chief advocate and responsible for ensuring that they grow to be healthy and responsible adults?


Our public school leaders have lost my trust, and I know I’m not alone. Virginia parents—and most importantly, Virginia’s students—deserve better. Virginia law actually states that parents are supposed to have input into their child’s education. 

It’s time to make that a reality.


Carrie has five children in Virginia’s public schools.

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