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Virginia schools anti-discrimination program might be illegal: courts

A Northern Virginia school district’s anti-discrimination program may actually violate the First Amendment, an appellate court ruled this week.

The court determined that Loudoun County Public Schools’ “Bias Incident Reporting System” may have a “chilling effect” on the speech of conservative students, who say their views on race and gender are controversial. They ruled that a 2021 lawsuit, filed by three parents only a year after the program was implemented, could now move forward.

“Allegations are sufficient to show that the bias reporting system caused the parents’ children to experience a non-speculative and objectively reasonable chilling effect on their speech,” the court said.

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