About Us

Who We Are

We are parents, friends, neighbors and tax paying citizens of Albemarle County who have come together as a loose collective with some concerns about recent and planned changes in the Albemarle County Public Schools mission and curricula related to racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.

SHARED PRINCIPLES

We Don’t All Think the Same, but We Share Some Key Principles

COMMON GOALS

We also Share Some Common Goals

Who We Are

We are parents, friends, neighbors and tax paying citizens of Albemarle County who have come together as a loose collective with some concerns about recent and planned changes in the Albemarle County Public Schools mission and curricula related to racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.

We Support and Affirm

  • Parental rights and controls for all parents
  • Children’s right to a safe learning environment
  • Teachers having proper training
  • Teachers with different views than ACPS having freedom of expression without mistreatment or retribution
  • Counselors who focus their efforts to help any student in need
  • Schools free of racism
  • Schools with healthy diversity and inclusion for all individuals
  • Education that presents all sides of a topic presented to ACPS students
  • Evidence based teachings
  • Proper expenditure of school funds for academics rather than social justice ideologies

How We Got Started

We began as a few concerned Henley Middle school parents. Beginning a few months before school concluded and less than a week after parents were told a new pilot curriculum called “Courageous Conversations” was introduced. The new curriculum was planned for the rest of the 2020-21 school year everyday in home room. The “conversations” taking place left our children uncomfortable, while at the same time leaving parents uninformed as to the details of the new curriculum. When parents asked to view the content the school was showing our children, they were initially refused.

A teacher who shared the slides from the new curriculum to parents was fired (we do not know the official reason, but the teacher had a good reputation in the community). This teacher was very concerned that students would be taught this material. As parents with busy lives who had implicitly trusted our historically excellent school system, many of us didn’t realize what was happening at first. A few parents noticed and started to raise concern and share with others or else most of us would not have even realized what was happening before school ended for the year.

As more concerned parents began to review the materials, we began to discover that this new curriculum is based on something called Critical Race Theory (Education Week, Wiki). We are coming together as members of the Albemarle County community to raise awareness and seek to work with the ACPS school board to significantly review and dialogue about these new initiatives before they continue to incorporate curricula based in whole or part on Critical Race Theory into the public school system.

It is not fully clear, but ACPS may be preparing to roll out this same curriculum to more schools in the district for the 2021-22 school year.

Come back to this site from time to time to check in. We are working to put together some additional materials to share that will help members of the community evaluate these new initiatives in the Albemarle County Public Schools.

We do understand that the Albemarle County Public School system is perceiving problems they want to solve related to educational performance across all social groups. They are also working to comply with legislation from the Virginia State legislature related to diversity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ minority groups. These are important initiatives. However, we are concerned that the methods and approaches the school system has chosen to address these challenges needs review and significant discourse with a broader spectrum of viewpoints than what has been represented through their policies and curricula up to this point.