Youngkin Calls for Resignation of Virginia Education Chiefs

April 25, 2021

“Slams Democrats’ plans to end advanced diplomas, math courses”

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Conservative Republican business leader and candidate for Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin today called for Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. James Lane and Deputy Superintendent Donald Fairheart to resign in the wake of reports that the Virginia Department of Education is moving to scrap advanced diplomas and accelerated math courses prior to 11th grade.

“These ridiculous proposals by the Northam Administration are not about helping students succeed, they’re about forcing a liberal political agenda on Virginia that lowers expectations and holds children back,” said Youngkin. “Instead of putting our children in the fast lane for success, these policies are forcing them into the breakdown lane. If Dr. Lane and his deputy have not resigned by the time I have taken office, I will fire them on the spot. Terry McAuliffe would continue these destructive attempts to socially engineer equal outcomes, but I will end them when I’m governor. We need a real education system that empowers students to achieve goals they didn’t even think were possible. When I’m governor, we will reject the policies of low expectations and work like crazy to inspire students to reach new heights. We will tackle illiteracy and boost science, technology, engineering, and math skills. What Virginia Democrats are trying to do is wrong, and I will not stand for it.”

Youngkin is in the business of helping people get ahead, not holding people back. When he is governor, he will appoint a Superintendent of Public Instruction that will protect and promote advanced diplomas and accelerated math courses and do what’s best for students.

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