Washington Post Forced to Issue “Correction” For Youngkin Hit Piece

The Washington Post has backpedaled from a story it published last week claiming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s policies are opposed by “all 133 Virginia school superintendents.”

The Friday story asserted the Republican governor’s reversal of the prior administration’s policies related to teaching Critical Race Theory and the establishment of a “tip line” are unanimously condemned by leaders of every Virginia school district.

The paper said all 133 are “taking a strong stand” against Younkin’s halting of so-called “equity initiatives” and lamented that his actions “could set back public education back many years.”

Not exactly.

Not only is the Post’s assertion false, many state superintendents had no knowledge of its existence until media reports exposed the letter had been sent as purportedly the consensus view of every state education leader.

One Virginia superintendent made clear their objection to being blindsided by “something we had not seen.” They went on to criticize the letter as decrying the process of Youngkin’s measures when the superintendent association itself “had no process…to loop in its membership.”

Another called out the 12-member board for claiming to represent every superintendent’s viewpoint and emphasized the need to “know exactly what that letter says” before claims of full agreement are made.

What is certain is that the board that drafted and sent the document agrees with its statements and at least some school superintendents do as well. But the Washington Post ran much further with the facts and presented a narrative that does not hold up to scrutiny. Perhaps it would be better to examine some other facts, such as a majority of Virginia voters casting their votes for Youngkin to do exactly what he has done.

On his first day in office in January, Gov. Younkin fulfilled several campaign promises to supporters who swept him in as a surprise election winner.

Among his commitments was ending the use of Critical Race Theory in Virginia classrooms and allowing parents and students to opt out of school mask mandates.

Another action that drew the ire of ivory tower critics was Youngkin’s establishment of a “tip line,” an email address to which parents may express concerns about their children’s education. As the new governor proclaimed, “it is time to listen to parents.”

Progressive educators and their media supporters like the Post are quick to accuse concerned parents of “censorship,” but efforts by governors such as Youngkin and Florida’s Ron DeSantis to instill “curriculum transparency” in schools merely ensure parents have a seat at the table. And in the case of the radical and divisive Critical Race Theory, the ability to prevent their children from being indoctrinated.