Mark Herring

Attorney General Mark Herring (D)

(AP) — Loudoun County Public Schools has agreed to a series of reforms following an investigation by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office into racial discrimination in the admissions policies at an elite magnet school.

The agreement announced by Attorney General Mark Herring (D) last week goes beyond the admissions policies at the new Academies of Loudoun, a science and technology high school established in 2018 with a selective admissions process. African American students have been significantly underrepresented in the school’s student body.

It also covers discrimination policies across the school system, and places it under third-party monitoring.

In some instances, the agreement subjects the schools system to ongoing review of changes that have already been initiated, including revisions to a dress code to identify Confederate and Nazi symbols as racially hostile.

The investigation is the first ever by the attorney general’s office into allegations of systemic racial discrimination within a state school system. It was launched after the Loudoun County branch of the NAACP filed a complaint.

Michelle Thomas, president of the NAACP’s Loudoun branch, called the agreement a significant milestone that has real teeth and enforcement provisions.

“It will force Loudoun County to get out from the shadows of discrimination,” she said in an interview.

In a statement on its website, LCPS said it did not agree with a number of the attorney general’s findings, but that it considers the resulting agreement a success that will reinforce reforms that were already underway.

Herring is a former Loudoun County supervisor and state lawmaker from Leesburg.

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(2) comments

jke

Naacp has had Herring by the short hairs ever since his black face admission the same for the governor. The Naacp conveniently forgets the past transgressions as long as these 2 do their bidding, talk about the tail wagging the dog.

jke

The only racism that I have seen in Loudoun Schools is anti-White critical race theory (CRT) being jammed down our throats.

Sad that alleged racism is being investigated by Virginia DEMs led by AG “brown-face” himself.

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