Teacher Quits at School Board Meeting, Slams Push of 'Highly Politicized Agendas'
Virginia teacher says radical agenda being pushed onto children
A teacher has risen up against her bosses and refused to bow down to their Marxist agenda by dramatically quitting her job during a school board meeting.
Virginia teacher Laura Morris resigned during a meeting of her scandal-hit Loudoun County School Board after blasting its obsession with pushing far-left Critical Race Theory (CRT) classes onto children.
Morris spoke before the board in an emotional address, explaining why the "equity training" and political dogma forced her to resign.
She slammed the board's "highly politicized agenda" and declared she could no longer be part of an organization that told her "white, Christian, able-bodied females" must be reined in.
Morris has taught at Lucketts Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia, for five years - half of her career.
She told the board: "I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly-politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents – the children."
Her voice breaking with emotion, she said she no longer felt able to teach within the district, despite it being affluent and well-resourced.
"This summer I have 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," she said.
Morris said that she was dismayed by the "lack of consideration for the growing population of concerned citizens in this division," pointing out that Tuesday's meeting was in an empty hall.
"Within the last year, I was in one of my so-called equity trainings that white, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and ‘this has to change,’" said Morris during the public comment period for Tuesday's board meeting.
"Clearly, you've made your point.
"You no longer value me or many other teachers you've employed in this county.
"So 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."
A woman who says she's a Loudoun County teacher just broke into tears addressing the school board saying she would not honor the transgender pronoun policy because of her faith and she told the board she was quitting her job, right there on the spot. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/GTPa2C0Twz— Drew Wilder (@DrewWilderTV) August 11, 2021
"School board, I quit," she said.
Choking up, she added: "I quit your policies, I quit your training, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly-politicized agendas to our most vulnerable constituents – children."
Morris, a fifth-grade teacher, also alleged that the county told her not to express dissenting views.
A spokesperson told Fox News: "LCPS does not comment on personnel matters."
However, multiple teachers have told Fox News that they felt intimidated about potentially opposing the school's so-called equity training.
A spokesperson previously told Fox News that LCPS "has stated, consistently, that it does not condone the actions of employees – or anyone – who would target fellow members of the community for expressing their viewpoint."
Free speech issues have become prominent in the county, where teacher Tanner Cross, was suspended after refusing to "affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa."
Morris' comments touched on a number of simmering controversies within one of the nation's wealthiest school districts.
Most notably, the school district has been embroiled in a long-standing controversy over the use of CRT.
While the county has denied teaching the controversial ideology, its officials have acknowledged CRT influences their work.
"In explaining LCPS' equity priorities, it might be helpful to state what they are not," said then-interim Superintendent Scott A. Ziegler.
"They are not an effort to indoctrinate students and staff into a particular philosophy or theory.
"What they are is an effort to provide a welcoming, inclusive, affirming environment for all students.
"LCPS' work on equity is a journey that requires the commitment of staff at all levels.
"I feel the staff's work, which has been sustained, honest, and undertaken in good faith, has been misrepresented recently by some members of the public," he added.
Ziegler found support among some teachers and parents while others have vehemently expressed their opposition in recent months.
Teacher Monica Gill, who spoke at Tuesday's meeting, previously told Fox News that CRT had damaged the community by creating division.
She said that teachers were told to "disrupt and dismantle this systemic racism.
"And I can tell you, one thing that's for sure, it has been disruptive because there are parents who disagree with this ideology, there are teachers who disagree with it, there are students who disagree with it — and it is harmful."