Laura Morris, a teacher in Loudoun County Public Schools, resigns in protest of the school board’s embrace of a “highly politicized agenda” that contradicts her beliefs at an Aug. 10 school board meeting in Leesburg, Virginia. | Screenshot: YouTube/The Washington Examiner
Parents, community members and teachers have expressed concern about what they believe is the county’s implementation of critical race theory elements and other “woke” ideologies in the curriculum. They have also voiced concerns about a trans-affirming policy that requires teachers to use students’ preferred names and pronouns.
Morris addressed her concerns before announcing her resignation.
While she expressed excitement about the opportunity to follow her students from last year into fifth grade, Morris acknowledged that she has “struggled with the idea of returning to school knowing that I’ll be working yet again with a school division that, despite its shiny tech and flashy salary, promotes political ideologies that do not square with who I am as a believer in Christ.”
Lots of impassioned arguments tonight from both sides.
One of the most striking moments was this…
This @LCPSOfficial teacher quit right in front of the board, b/c she said they’re forcing her to “push highly politicized agendas on…children.” @wusa9pic.twitter.com/K7KYKLCHA0
— Jess Arnold (@JessArnoldTV) August 11, 2021
The teacher alleged that in one of her “so-called equity trainings,” she was informed that “white, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and that ‘this has to change.’”
“Clearly, you’ve made your point. You no longer value me or many other teachers you’ve employed in this county,” she added. “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.”
Morris began to tear up as she declared: “School board, I quit. I quit your policies, I quit your trainings and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents: the children.”