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“Dr. Seuss books have not been banned in LCPS” NAACP and MSAAC Won’t be happy with this choice of words

Let’s not forget, Dr. Seuss books are bad BUT Black Lives Matter education is good. Huh? Square peg, round hole? 2 + 2 = 5?

Good morning, The directive regarding Dr. Seuss came from the division level administration. The topic was not brought before the School Board. I was not involved in any discussion or decision making regarding Dr. Seuss. This is the statement given by Ashley F. Ellis, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Loudoun County Public Schools

“Dr. Seuss books have not been banned in LCPS. I believe that rumor started because March 2 is “Read Across America” day, and schools in LCPS and across the country have historically connected Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Given this research and LCPS focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS has provided guidance to schools in the past couple of years to not Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss’ birthday exclusively. We want to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive and diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of Read Across America Day. That being said, Dr. Seuss books have not been banned; they are still available to students in our libraries, classrooms, etc.

Sincerely, Denise Corbo Loudoun County School Board Member

Leslie King, LCPS School Board
Ian Serotkin, LCPS School Board
Beth Barts, LCPS School Board

Loudoun County Public School’s “Equity Statement”

“LCPS is committed to providing a safe, empathetic, respectful and supportive learning environment in order to empower every student to make meaningful contributions to the world. When students and staff experience racial insults, slurs, and/or other hate speech, we lack the POSITIVE CULTURE and climate that supports students’ growth.

LCPS calls for all students, staff, families, and other members of our community to engage in the disruption and dismantling of white supremacy, systemic racism, and hateful language and actions based on race, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or ability. LCPS rejects racist and other hateful behavior and language, recognizing that it encourages discrimination, hatred, oppression, and violence. 

Every individual is valued in Loudoun County Public Schools. Let’s celebrate the diversity that helps define us as a school division.

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