Loudoun Schools’ Equity Committee Expanded, Not Dissolved

As expected, the School Board on Monday moved forward with plans to expand the division’s Equity Committee, but not before an unexpected attempt to end the panel’s work.

Last month, the boardagreed in a series of straw votes to add seven more seats to the committee, which was established in 2019 and was operating with 22 voting members.

First, the board added a seat for someone representing the LGBTQ community, joining seats designated for representatives of other minority groups, including the All Dulles Area Muslin Society, the Loudoun NAACP, and of the Hindu, Jewish and Latinx communities.Also, six seats were added for community members to be appointed by the individual School Board members who do not serve on the committee themselves.

The additions were approved on an 8-1 vote.

John Beatty (Catoctin) opposed the action. During the discussion, Beatty made a motion to disband the committee altogether, stating he felt the group had completed its chartered mission. No other board member supported his effort.

Beatty had served on the committee early in 2020, until he was removed by Board Chairwoman Branda Sheridan in February.Beatty came under fire for comments he made in Februaryduring an equity training programdesigned to allow participants to better understand concepts of white privilege and implicit bias—among the elements seen as fueling systematic racism in the school system. During the session, Beatty said formerly enslaved people may have been less well off after their emancipation without having their needs provided by the former slave owners.

The Equity Committee, which meets monthly, is tasked with researching and making recommendations regarding all school division practices and policies related to equity.

5 thoughts on “Loudoun Schools’ Equity Committee Expanded, Not Dissolved

  • 2021-01-05 at 5:30 pm
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    More High Priests for the Temple of Thought Police.

  • 2021-01-05 at 6:25 pm
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    Social justice warriors do not improve children’s education.

  • 2021-01-05 at 9:57 pm
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    Mr. Beatty stated a fact and was ostrisized for it. So now the county has a racist diversify group for those disgruntled and perpetually frustrated folks that can’t rise above the perceptions perpetuated by groups that want them to always consider them selves victims.

  • 2021-01-06 at 10:05 am
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    The equity committee is a joke, we have books in school libraries promoting LGBTQ but we cab’t have the bible? The schools should focus on educating everyone and not catering to a select few!!!

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