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NAACP leader calls Loudoun County Public Schools’ diversity training ‘a joke’

In response to community criticism over the lack of diversity of its teaching staff, Loudoun County Public Schools is offering a “diversity training workshop” to all of its hiring managers this summer. A local NAACP leader says the effort is “a joke.”

LCPS_SealThe Loudoun chapter of the NAACP began pressing the school system to be more aggressive in hiring minority teachers in November when a school district report showed 88 percent of its teachers are white while 48 percent of its students are non-white. A community meeting on the subject was hosted by the school division and two parent groups in December. Shortly after the meeting, the School Board added money to its budget for the summer diversity training and to hire a personnel specialist to focus on the issue. The Loudoun NAACP says the school system’s latest efforts are not enough to combat the problem. The group says it plans on filing federal complaints about various “racial inequities” within the school system.

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Thompson: Tolerance or Intolerance? Racial issues in schools warrant action by LCPS

Over the last 15 months since taking over as President of the Loudoun County NAACP, our organization has watched Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) flail its way through a series of racially charged issues with seeming abstinence to the fact that there is a community out here that is not only LCPS_Sealimpacted by its decisions, but, more importantly is paying attention to those decisions. As with the attempt to name a public school after a long dead racist segregationist or the perceived effort to re-segregate schools in Leesburg, it seemed that the decision makers in LCPS either believed that the residents were not paying attention to their proposals or that maybe they could not read or conduct basic research on the facts. Either way, in both instances, when the public raised concerns, some of these decision makers decided to attack the people questioning these proposals instead of listening to the community’s concerns.

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Loudoun Public Schools host discussion on teacher diversity

More than 50 parents, community members and school staff discussed Loudoun’s teacher diversity on Dec. 9.

LCPS_SealSchool administrators, the Minority Student Achievement Council (MSAC), the NAACP and teachers shared their views on how the division can diversify its teaching staff at the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents’ meeting at LCPS’ administrative offices.

The discussion was organized in response to figures in the school system’s annual report on ethnic make up, gender and education levels of students and teachers.

According to the report, 48 percent of the school division’s student body is non-white and 88 percent of its workforce is white.

“I hear stories of discrimination towards students and teachers across this division,” said Diana Lopez, Spanish teacher at J. L. Simpson Middle School in Leesburg. “With changing demographics in Loudoun, teachers need to be prepared to teach students from various backgrounds.”

Lopez said any efforts to create a more diverse teaching staff must start with “ensuring that LCPS has a reputation for being supportive of minority teachers.”

…Phillip Thompson, president of the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP, said his organization would like to get funding from corporations in the county to give scholarships to future teachers still in school, with the understanding that they will come back to teach in Loudoun.

“We’ve got huge corporations in this county with lots and lots of money and we’ve got to figure out a way to use that money to recruit quality minority teaching staff,” he said.

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Loudoun NAACP calls for more minority teachers at LCPS

The president of the Loudoun chapter of the NAACP is pressing the county’s school system to be more aggressive in hiring minority teachers.

LCPS_SealThe call for action comes after Loudoun County Public Schools released its annual report on the ethnic makeup, gender and education levels of students and teachers within the system.

The report shows that 48 percent of the school system’s student body is non-white while 88 percent of the teacher workforce is white.

“You cannot tell me that if minorities have moved into Loudoun County to make up fully 48 percent of the student population, minority teachers of the same race and ethnicity as the parents and students who live in this county will not move here to teach these kids. That excuse is not logical nor is it legitimate. To me these numbers represent a ‘prima facie,’” Loudoun County NAACP chapter president Phillip E. Thompson said in an email to the Times-Mirror.

Wayde Byard, spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools, said the problem is one facing school districts nationwide.

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