Virginia’s Tom McAuliffe supporting University 1st in ‘Multiculturalism’

George Mason University students take a quiz test. (CJ Kipp / iStock) No surprise, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is backing one of his state’s high schools for ranking No. 1 in the country in…

Virginia's Tom McAuliffe supporting University 1st in 'Multiculturalism'

George Mason University students take a quiz test. (CJ Kipp / iStock)

No surprise, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is backing one of his state’s high schools for ranking No. 1 in the country in student “multiculturalism.”

“Well, I think this is important. Diversity, inclusion, they’re as important as reading and math,” McAuliffe told the Washington Post.

The Virginia Tech (now Virginia Tech – Blacksburg) school announced Friday that it boasted “one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse student bodies in the country, with a 6.1 percent of minorities as compared to 3.7 percent statewide and 1.5 percent nationally.”

More than 60 percent of the school’s students are female, and more than three quarters are a minority. The school boasts more than 16,500 graduates.

There’s a catch. According to the Post, Virginia Tech is a charter school, a form of public school in which the government grants private schools outside of regular public schools the right to operate with special tax breaks and waivers from building laws. In order to be a charter school, the school, which is not a district school, needs to have at least 5 percent of its students qualify for free and reduced lunch, a socio-economic indicator that compares families living below the poverty line to those with income above 200 percent of the poverty line.

In comparison, national averages are 2.1 percent and 9.3 percent.

According to the Post, at least 28 schools in Virginia fall under the charter school designation and that almost 50 percent of all white students currently attend a charter school compared to about 16 percent of black and Hispanic students.

The governor was asked about the racial integration of Virginia’s charter schools during a press conference on the subject, to which he replied that the schools were needed because public schools were not doing a good job of teaching minorities.

“They don’t do an extraordinary job educating minorities. This is not being racist. This is about results. In this state, in a place like Virginia, we have to diversify. We have to teach English as a second language. We have to teach to a standardized test to a worldwide population. Some kids come from poor backgrounds,” McAuliffe said.

“We have to diversify. This is not being racist. This is about results. In this state, in a place like Virginia, we have to diversify. We have to teach English as a second language. We have to teach to a standardized test to a worldwide population. Some kids come from poor backgrounds,” McAuliffe said.

This is also not the first time McAuliffe has cited diversity as an excuse for the state’s lack of achievement.

“Diversity is where our country is headed. We need to increase diversity in this country. We have to diversify our public school system. We have to. … This is not being racist. This is about results. The only color that matters is the color of our paper. … If I went to a public school and I had to go to a public school like that, I wouldn’t complain at all,” McAuliffe said in 2016.

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