Herring’s Loudoun County Determination Part II – State-Sponsored Extortion

Why is this man smiling?

by James C. Sherlock

Part one of two essays on this subject described a new Virginia law, a new Division in the Attorney Generals office, its function as a kangaroo court and its astonishing and sweeping  “determination” against Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). The law requires LCPS to block Asian American kids from the competitively accessed Loudoun Academies in favor of protected classes.

That is not even the heart of the scandal.

That same determination published the NAACP’s demands to settle the case. I will quote the NAACP demands directly here because a summary cannot do it justice. Remember, these “requests” were published by the Attorney General. Also remember that if the NAACP is unhappy, it can go to court with the AG’s determination in hand.

Please note the demand for a high quality charter school for black students that can eliminate the achievement gap. Perhaps Success Academy can help.

NAACP Loudoun Branch’s Conciliation Request

1. “Develop equitable Academies of Loudoun admissions criteria to include the following:

a. eliminate “High stakes” testing, including but not limited to STEM Thinking Skills Assessment and Writing Assessment

b. Eliminate letters of recommendation as they can be biased and are only required by applicants that (sic) are selected as finalists.

c.  Offer admission to qualifying applicants on a random basis (i.e. metro-based lottery system); in formulating the random selection process for admission, strive towards selecting a diverse student body that is reflective of the demographics of the LCPS student population.

2. Develop a STEM-based elementary after-school and summer program with a focus on African American studies. Develop this program in partnership with Black/African American studies experts from local academic institutions and organizations, such as Loudoun Freedom Center, NAACP Loudoun Branch, George Mason University, George Washington University, Howard University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Friends of Thomas Balch Library Black History Committee. (I am tempted to pose a question here about STEM-based African American studies, but will pass.)

3. Implement after-school affinity groups for Black/African American students at each Middle School and High School in partnership with local academic institutions and organizations (same list as above)

4.  Support the creation of a public charter school that prepares the next generation of leaders for careers in science, technology, engineering, are, and mathematics with a focus on Black/African-American studies and eliminating the historical achievement gap experienced by Black/African-American students in LCPS.

5.  Facilitate the process to change the names of Hillsboro Academy and Academies of Loudon.

6. Provide funding for the NAACP Scholarship Fund.

7. Provide funding to the NAACP Discrimination Fund

8. Review and revise, as necessary, the Black/African American history curriculum as applied throughout LCPS, including the history of Loudoun County, in partnership with academic experts from local educational institutions and organizations such as (see above).

9. Review and revise, as necessary, the textbooks and materials used for lesson planning related to the history and experiences of Black/African American minority groups. Include relevant stakeholders in the review process, including NAACP Loudon Branch and academic experts in the history and experience of African Americans. The goal is to select reading materials and lesson plans that are culturally sensitive to Black/African Americans that tend to be marginalized.

10.  Develop and implement an annual equity training program to be provided to all students two times a year )September and January), through a collaborative effort between NAACP Loudoun Branch, Loudoun Freedom Center and LCPS.

11.  Partner with the NAACP Loudoun Branch, Loudoun Freedom Center, and local academic experts in the area of Black/African American Studies to provide racial literacy training initiatives for LCPS employees.

a. Develop avenues for providing additional coaching to teachers and staff resistant to racial literacy training.

b. Include bus drivers and cafeteria staff in racial literacy initiatives.

12. Implement an African-American history course developed by organizations such as (see lists above) as a high school elective by 2021.

13. Mandate an African-American history as a course requirement for new teacher orientation and as part of LCPS ongoing professional development for all LCPS teachers. Develop this course in partnership with organizations such as (see lists above).

14. In partnership with the NAACP Loudoun Branch, facilitate the development of the following district-wide programs to support the needs of Black/African American students: mentoring, leadership development, student success summit, and outreach initiative for student-led organizations.

15.  As part of the work of the LCPS Equity Committee, develop criteria to identify schools that have worked in a meaningful way on the above-identified strategies to improve racial consciousness, racial literacy and access to challenging curriculum; and recommend that the school board designate a school that meets such criteria as a “culturally competent district.”

16.  Support at the state level an extension of the existing Brown Scholarship Fund to include Loudoun County as Eligible Virginians who were unable to attend “integrated public school between 1954 and 1964 during the time of Massive Resistance.

17. Create a new Scholarship Fund for LCIP students who were unable to attend the Academies of Loudoun between 2009-2020 due to discriminatory admissions policies and practices. (Note: the “determination” found that the policies were neutral.) This fund will include support for the 153 Black/African American and Latinx/Hispanic students to applied for the Academies of Loudoun during the Fall 2018 application cycle for admission into the 2019-2020 academic year, and the 696 Black/African American and Latin/Hispanic students who applied to the Academies of Loudoun during the Fall 2019 application cycle for admission into the 2020-2021 academic year.

18. Negotiate monetary payments relating to the funding aspects of the above-referenced conciliation requests.

19. Negotiate monetary payment to compensate for time, resources and costs associated with NAACP Loudoun Branch’s efforts to bring this matter to the attention of the Attorney General and participate in the ongoing investigation.

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27 responses to “Herring’s Loudoun County Determination Part II – State-Sponsored Extortion

  1. Is that all?

  2. geeze…

  3. So the NAACP Loudoun Branch acknowledges that VPOTUS46 is ‘Not Black’ as it uses the term “Black/African American” as its focus. Her heritage is not from that continent…. hmmmmmmmm

  4. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    Anyone wondering why superintendent Eric Williams is fleeing to Texas for less money?

  5. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    What happens if the wish list is not granted? What if the wish list is granted and the hoped for outcomes are not achieved? Who do we blame after that? The current school budget is $1.3 billion. What is the price tag for the wish list? The average property tax in Loudoun is $5,219. What will the new average need to be to pay for this?

  6. Sad to say, this article from Quillette has great relevance here:

    https://quillette.com/2020/11/22/kin-tribes-and-the-dark-side-of-identity/

    • This list of demands is a desperate cry for help.

    • James Wyatt Whitehead V

      That was an interesting article Mr. Reed. This line in particular grabbed my attention. I think this is some of what Jefferson and others were after 244 years ago.

      “few are willing to stand up for an America that attempts to unite the country across interests that rise above identity.”

  7. Classic shakedown racket. I do not see how dumping money to the NAACP helps the schools. How about blind admissions based upon testing and grades?

  8. It takes years of “prep” for kids to gain the cumulative/foundation knowledge they need to do well on the admission tests. You don’t suddently start doing differential equations just before you apply to get in!

    Right now, almost no blacks and hispanics have gained the prerequisites needed over years to be competitive at admissions. Under the current operation – with no changes, blacks and Hispanics are out of luck.

    The Asians have figured it out and those kids have figured out the “prep” they need to do in order to be competitive when they apply.

    There are varying opinions with respect to what to do about it but some feel that doing nothing and letting it go on the way it is – is not acceptable.

    One option is to establish a minimum “Cut” score and pick from that pool – as opposed to selecting from the highest/best test scores.

    What I do not understand with Herring is, if he is not running for Governor, then why is he taking such a high profile path that will be a lightening rod to the critics , what does he get? If he runs for AG again, it will be with these bonifides?

    • James Wyatt Whitehead V

      “Under the current operation – with no changes, blacks and Hispanics are out of luck.”

      That is true Mr. Larry. Perhaps there is a demand for this kind of education. Maybe LCPS should takes steps to meet the demand. By my best guess based on the AOS staff of 145 teachers, $65,000 average salary, and extra costs to run a school: for about 15 million a year, LCPS could convert one of the existing 20 high schools into a second campus. Thus expanding enrollment. Don’t worry the kids displaced from the converted school can be farmed out to the other 19 high schools. Locate the 2nd campus in Sterling or Leesburg, high minority neighborhoods. Convert Park View HS or maybe the old Douglas HS. I was looking over the staff roster at AOS. Some heavy hitters there. People I have known for years and are distinguished in their fields. Expanding enrollment may create the opportunities for many more.

      • “Perhaps there is a demand for this kind of education.”

        James, that is stating the obvious. The question is whether your suggestion is the right thing to do. In many ways, it is appealing, an easy way out, and no doubt a few disadvantaged kids would get the advantage they deserve. But think about enormous harm caused. This new system is based on preferences on steroids, with ever more virulent racist policies burning at its very core. Ever more disadvantaged kids would have their futures destroyed.

        • James Wyatt Whitehead V

          Agreed Mr. Reed. This is going to be a battle indeed. Having the AG in your hip pocket is an enormous advantage. What ever happened to good old fashioned give and take? Maybe it is true what they say: everything flows downstream of culture.

    • SOL… so to speak.

    • You keep calling it prep – like a weekend seminar.

      The Asian-American kids and their parents make learning a lifestyle. Pretty much like Success Academy – which is exactly what the NAACP of Loudoun has described in one of their demands above.

      Not sure the NAACP would stand for the discipline that success Academies demand from parents and children, however. I plan to ask them directly.

      • Actually, I’ve stated several times that “prep” is years not a last minute thing and that essentially means that you cannot “fix” this by giving blacks/hispanics last minute “help” to get them up to snuff.

        But I did note that one of the advocated fixes was to set up special classes for free for kids to take – over time – that would help get them ready – “in school prep” if you will.

        There is absolutely nothing wrong with engaged parents doing everything they can for the children to succeed. But it’s not realistic to think that a parent with a poor education and a resulting low income job is going to have similar motivations and capabilities – regardless of color and ethinicity.

        I can’t remember whether it was TJ or Loudoun but the percentage of low income is around 2%. So yes, there are SOME parents that still will motivate their kids but the vast majority do not.

        Public school is supposed to be about opportunity for people – for kids – where they all receive or have access to resources – equally in terms of education. But public schools cannot (and should not) prevent parents from obtaining even more/better education for their kids nor can it motivate some parents to advocate for more/better for their kids.

        Success Academies is claimed to deal with the issue and so perhaps Loudouns own version of success academices might be an approach but it will cost money and one question is why did they find money for the STEM academices and not “success” academices to start with and that goes for TJ and other Governors schools across Virginia.

        For education, we rank below almost all other OECD countries and it’s not because we don’t have high performing kids, we do, and our high performing kids are as good or better than OECD countries but where we fall down is our low-performing kids – we have many more low performing kids AND as a group, they also are even lower performing than their OECD cohorts.

        So we’re building STEM academices insteadof SUCCESS academies and asking why low-income kids (predominately black and hispanic) don’t end up qualifying for STEM. Well, it’s worse than that – 20% of our low performing kids – 15 year olds – read at a 10 year-old level.

        And what happens to kids when they grow up when they have a 10 year old’s vocabulary AND – THEY have kids?

        Isn’t this something that is actually MORE important than STEM academices for anyone who says they care about education and equality but is opposed to affirmative action and the like?

    • From Part 1: “This year 103 of 126 slots in AOS were offered to Asian American kids.”

      In the 2010 census 69% of Loudoun County was white. Sounds like the white kids are mostly out of luck too.

      You know what? Too bad. They earned the spots through hard work.

      Once upon a time people used to talk about how “the Jews” controlled America. The media, the law firms, etc. Nowadays those people would be correctly called anti-Semites. So, what do you call an Attorney General who thinks “the Asians” are controlling too much and should be denied the slots they earned? I know what I call him … a racist. Pure and simple, Herring is a racist.

      • Yes, based on his actions Herring is not only a racist, he is a virulent racist, who is also the chief law enforcement officer in the state of Virginia. So in a corrupt regime he’s akin to Heinrich Himmler, both an architect and executive of evil.

        Best, I can discern, he is goosestepping around the Commonwealth of Virginia, blowing up its institutions, spreading hate, and pitting groups of people, one against the other, for no good reason at all. A kind of gratuitous evil driven by a lust for power. That is how I read Herring, based on his actions to date.

        • But according to all those who set the agenda, the talking perimeters, the correct terms, the rules of engagement, etc. and who really count ….. in 2020 you can only be a racist to Blacks! Others don’t count like Asians or Southerners.

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  10. If our public schools are doing such a bad job at educating kids, most especially poor kids, why the F are we still keeping them operating? We need to convert the billions we spend on public K-12 education into vouchers that can be used by parents or guardians to pick the school of choice. We also need a set of standards that each school must meet to be accredited and receive tax dollars. Regular compliance audits should be made.

  11. Baconator with extra cheese

    The school district should rename every high school “NAACP Success Academy” and assign them a number. Then automatically place every student in the gifted classes until a parent pulls them out or opts out prior to the start of the school year.
    There you have your equity. If your kids aren’t prepared like the Asian kids dominating the meritocracy then tough.

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  13. Someone creates a school where smart students and great teachers come together…
    What’s not to like… we’re getting a lot of bang for our educational buck….it’s got to be good for our State and our Country…
    Well,,, opps,,, we have a bunch of winners, not only that they are driven and excelling and doing well…. In a liberals world where we want equal outcomes such a thing can not be allowed to exist. ..can’t have competition you know, we want to give participation trophies to everyone
    Do we copy it in other places,,, heck no,,, we tear it down, damage it, wreck it, ruin it all in the name of equality….
    Dare I say once again government picking Winners and losers…

    • “Seven deadly sins: pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth,[2] which are contrary to the seven heavenly virtues. These sins are often thought to be abuses or excesses of natural faculties or passions (for example, gluttony abuses the natural hunger for nourishment).”

      See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins

      As opposed to:
      “Traditionally, the seven Christian virtues or heavenly virtues combine the four classical cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and courage (or fortitude) with the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.” Again see Wikipedia.

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