Vermont is all in on CRT, DEI, BLM, anti-racism, and other controversial philosophies at all levels of education.
The Vermont Agency of Education has fully adopted an equity lens for how it crafts its educational goals, which it articulates as “educational equity.” It also has an extensive list of equity and diversity professional development resources. (source: https://education.vermont.gov/student-support/vermont-multi-tiered-system-of-supports/educational-equity)
Under this rubric, several school districts have dedicated their schools to becoming anti-racist.
One student was fired from his job as a lifeguard after testifying against CRT at a school board meeting. (source: https://vermontdailychronicle.com/2021/06/17/crt-in-action-essex-student-fired-from-lifeguard-job/comment-page-1/)
In June, 2021, the Essex Westford School District adopted a racial equity policy rooted in CRT. (source: https://www.wamc.org/new-england-news/2021-06-23/vt-school-board-approves-controversial-racial-equity-policy)
This follows their decision following the death of George Floyd to fly BLM flags at every district building. (spource: https://www.wcax.com/2020/08/06/essex-westford-school-district-to-raise-blm-flag/)
A newly elected member of the Vermont School Board had a complaint filed by two activists, merely for opposing CRT. (source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/05/when_a_newlyelected_school_board_member_stood_up_to_oppose_teaching_critical_race_theory.html)
The Vermont State College System coordinates policies for all public institutions in the state. The October, 2021 meeting of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee considered an anti-racism pledge from the Student Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, as well as updates from the DEI Transformation workgroup and the Social Justice workgroup. (source: https://www.vsc.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion-committee-meeting-materials-2021-22-academic-year/)
A professor at the University of Vermont faced calls for his resignation after posting a video to YouTube opposing the teach-in series titled, “Turning to Whiteness,” in which he said an anti-white sentiment was taking over the campus. (source: https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/students-demand-resignation-of-u-vermont-prof-who-complained-of-anti-white-campus-sentiment/) (https://www.uvm.edu/news/story/teach-series-turns-whiteness)