The Fairfax County, Virginia School Board is currently debating whether to rename J.E.B. Stuart High School, a move which is estimated to cost over $1 million. The campaign, according to a recent report, is "plagued with clandestine conversations and deceptive tactics", including collusion between school board members and activist groups. However, the school board's obsessive focus on "diversity" and erasing Confederate heritage and culture obscures the fact that many FCPS schools are becoming objectively terrible, both academically and physically.
At the May 25 Fairfax County School Board (FCSB) Meeting three students complained to the school board about rats and cockroaches in their high school in Fairfax County.
The public would have not known or been informed about the deeply concerning health situation except that the students were testifying in defense of keeping their high school name JEB Stuart, and were stating their belief that the one million dollars estimated to change the name could be used for better things, like addressing the overcrowded class rooms and rats and cock roach problems they frequently witness in their school. The three minute testimony of the students can be watched in its entirety below.
The three students also testified that groups advocating changing the name are intimidating and silencing others by calling them "racist," even though the county has a budget shortage and there are many programs underfunded and services being neglected. The students being unfairly mislabeled also wished those advocating to change the name of the school would do more to invest money and effort into upgrading the school to the benefit everyone instead of pushing controversies that do not have popular support among the student population.
In addition, there are many students in the school who recognize General JEB Stuart as a globally respected cavalry soldier and military genius from Virginia, who had his military headquarters adjacent to the school during the Civil War, and welcome the opportunity to learn about American history.
Ironically, the school with the rat and cockroach infestation problem is in the school district of Fairfax County School Board member and current chair, Sandy Evans. A group fighting the name change effort has obtained 10,000 FOIA request from the school system, which upon further review have indicated Sandy Evan's working closely with NAACP activists to change the name from the inside. Besides questionable ethics, Ms. Evan's seems to have misplaced priorities for students under her jurisdiction and care.
At the same May 25 FCSB Meeting the school board voted to increase class sizes and impose various fees on student in order to close the budget gap which was created by financial caps imposed recently by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (who appear to be trying to reign in the school board that has overseen an explosive growth in the school budget of 25% over a five year period, despite inflation being a much small factor).
- This article was submitted by a local resident who would prefer to remain anonymous.