Fairfax, VA — Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County (CPEFC) today released the following statement regarding the win for parents in Prince William County last night.
“Because parents spoke out on behalf of all children in Prince William, the School Board in Prince William County was forced to delay a final vote on changing their nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. It is wonderful to see parents engaging in this debate. When parents get involved, the community wins,” explained Meg Kilgannon, Executive Director.
“When we faced this situation in Fairfax, we had a compressed timeline for debate which was designed to eliminate public involvement or parent comment. We see now, by virtue of what happened in Prince William, why Fairfax County School Board Chairman (at the time) Pat Hynes used such heavy-handed, debate-stifling tactics. Parents know and can articulate why these policy overreaches are unneeded, illegal, and end up creating more problems than they solve,“ Kilgannon continued.
“Congratulations to the parents and families in Prince William County. Their victory is our victory; their fight is our fight. Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County will continue to work to engage parents and inform the public about this situation. The Public Trust has been broken, both in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. School boards across the Commonwealth and across the country should expect much more scrutiny from parents because of the reckless and ill-considered actions here in Fairfax,” she concluded.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County at 202-930-5347.