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The next Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 6:30pm. The Board will vote to make budgetary cuts due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Prior to COVID, the Board voted to adopt a budget that included the establishment of an Equity Department with an Equity Supervisor, an Equity and Culturally Responsive Instruction Supervisor, four (4) instructional facilitators of equity, an administrative assistant to the Director of Equity, professional development for the division, and Equity Leads in Every School.
In January 2019, at the urging of the NAACP, the State"s Commonwealth Attorney launched a formal investigation into historic discrimination practices against African American students and students of color in Loudoun County Public Schools. As part of their strategy to mitigate these discriminatory practices LCPS committed to establishing an Equity department. Our marginalized students are affected worst by the pandemic. Cutting the budget to exclude Equity only widens the opportunity gap and gives LCPS permission to renege on its commitment to create an equitable school system.
On February 18, 2020, during a professional development session focused on Equity, Loudoun County School Board member John Beatty said, he believed “slaves were better off under the patronage of a master because they had work and were sometimes able to earn money.” John Beatty serves on the Ad Hoc Committee on Equity and Discipline Committee. At the February 20, 2020 Ad Hoc Committee on Equity, the committee unanimously voted to recommend Mr. Beatty be relieved of his duties on the this committee. On May 19, 2020 the Loudoun County School Board voted to dismiss the discussion of the recommendation made by the Ad Hoc Committee on Equity. This is a clear example of white supremacy at work and why it is critical for equity work to continue.
The NAACP Loudoun Branch is pleased to announce scholarships to be awarded to students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, or students of color, in our county who will be graduating in June 2020.
Who Can Apply?
Scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded to seniors planning to attend a 4-year institution or community college for a 2-year associate degree.
Criteria – Students will be chosen:
May 31, 2020 Application Deadline
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