Amid escalating tensions over critical race theory in Loudoun County, Virginia, a local resident said he was barred by the school district from attending Tuesday’s school board meeting because of his arrest at a previous event.
Jon Tigges weighed in on “Fox & Friends” after a teacher resigned in front of the school board Tuesday. Laura Morris said in a defiant and emotional speech that she refused to continue pushing their “highly politicized agendas.”
VIRGINIA TEACHER RESIGNS AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, DENOUNCES ‘HIGHLY POLITICIZED AGENDAS’
“Within the last year, I was told in one of my so-called equity trainings that White, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and ‘this has to change,’” Morris said during the public comment period of the board meeting.
“Clearly, you’ve made your point. You no longer value me or many other teachers you’ve employed in this county. So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you.”
Tigges applauded the teacher for being “courageous” and for pushing back against critical race theory being taught in schools.
“That’s what we’re looking for and folks like Laura and others, we hope they’ll continue to stand for what’s right and true and make the sacrifices, because that’s what it’s going to take. We’re in a war. There’s going to be some sacrifices. Freedom isn’t free,” he said.
Tigges said none of his children attended public school in the county but added that the schools have “gone from bad to worse.”
“I deal with the outcome of the public school system as an employer. And beyond that, I deal with the fact that they are representing totalitarianism at the lowest level now and it’s got to stop,” Tigges said.
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In June, Tigges and other parents defied Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) authorities by continuing to give their testimony while school board officials were trying to end their meeting. The superintendent declared the move an “illegal assembly,” he said.
The sheriff began to issue trespassing orders to the parents who defied orders to leave. After Tigges told the sheriff he was staying until everyone had a chance to speak, he was arrested.
The US Senate has voted to pass an amendment in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that bans federal funds from being used to teach critical race theory in schools, Sen. Tom Cotton says.
The Arkansas Republican introduced the Stop CRT Act last month in a bid to prevent federal tax dollars from being used to teach the “indoctrinating” theory in K-12 classrooms.
The Senate approved Cotton’s amendment 50-49, according to Fox News.
“They want to teach our children that America is not a good nation but a racist nation,” Cotton said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.
“Those teachings are wrong and our tax dollars should not support them.”
Cotton called CRT an “un-American ideology.”
“My amendment will ensure that federal funds aren’t used to indoctrinate children as young as pre-K to hate America.
“Our future depends on the next generation of kids loving America and loving each other as fellow citizens, no matter their race.”
Cotton’s amendment was part of a 15-hour “vote-a-rama” overnight that eventually saw senators pass the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package 50-49 around 4 a.m.
The fight over CRT in schools — of which Cotton has been an outspoken critic — has escalated in the US over the last year.
Much of the outrage is centered on concerns that children are being indoctrinated into believing that white people are inherently racist.
Supporters of the theory argue it can eliminate systemic racism because it looks at the ways race has influenced US law and culture.
Cotton pointed to several cases of CRT being used in schools, including that 30 schools in 15 states have assigned the CRT-inspired book “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” which depicts “whiteness” as the devil.
He also said Head Start, a federally funded pre-K program, had previously hosted “anti-racist” webinars.