Statement of House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert on Department of Education Plan to Lower Standards


The Virginia Department of Education has begun discussions that could lead to the end of Virginia’s Advanced High School Diplomas by ‘consolidating them’ with standard diplomas in the name of ‘equity,’ as well as pushing all advanced math classes back to the 11th Grade for High School students.

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“Virginians have had enough of the insatiable agenda to eliminate opportunities for students to excel in the quest to achieve mediocrity for all. Equity appears more and more to mean that everyone needs to be equally ill-prepared, rather than have the equality of opportunity for which we should all strive as a society. Lowering standards and expectations is never the right choice when it comes to our children’s future. Lowering the bar isn’t equity, it’s failure.”