I took some heat last night at a community meeting for comments I made late into last week's board meeting. Here is what I said:
"I was going to say to people who are speakers who come that I think we need new perspectives from public speakers, and I think we need reminders of things, issues that may have slipped off the agenda or out of our focus. I think we don’t need allegations of bad faith or intentional discrimination based on class, race or region of the county and you get no traction from me coming in alleging that staff or other board members are not doing their damndest to do a great job for all the kids in Loudoun County."
In truth I was making a very broad comment, triggered more by a speaker on western Loudoun schools earlier in the evening (who was still sitting in the room) than at the NAACP who spoke nearly a month before. I do not recall the NAACP speakers alleging intentional discrimination, but if they had my response would be the same. This Administration and this Board are made up of people trying hard to do the right thing. They aren't perfect, and they can't do everything they wish to do. But starting with a recognition that we're all in this together, doing our best, is the best way to begin a discussion of how to solve a problem.