McAuliffe postedan education plan that includes increasing teachers' salaries and eliminating racial disparities in performance, among others.
The Youngkin spokesman Macauley Porter said McAuliffe "mocks parents' concerns instead of offering solutions.
McAuliffe , who held the post from 2014 to 2018 and is running for a second term, is favored by analysts to win the election. But a poll conducted by Trafalgar Group this month only gave it a 2-point lead, suggesting a tight race.
Emphasizing the 'Importance of the race to Democrats, Biden is due to campaign with McAuliffe on Friday, more than three months before Election Day.
' DEHUMANIZING '
Last week some of the women who attended the eventYoungkin's campaign event in McLean named education as his most important issue.
Claudia Stine, an immigrant from El Salvador whose children attended local Fairfax County public schools, said the CRT is "dehumanizing " because it says it "defines people by their skin color and teaches children to wanting and disrespecting each other. "
While Virginia's school systems have denied criticism that they teach CRT, school leaders State lobbied to promote racial equity in public education. In February, the Democratic-led general assembly passed a law requiring "cultural skills" to be part of teacher assessments.
Some parents approve. Theresa Kennedy, mother of two sons in Richmond who works in the finance and supports McAuliffe, thinks schools should learn more about systemic racism in America.
"It 's hard to see your kids struggle with stuff, but that's also how they become full adults, ”Kennedy said.
The problem spilled over from the governor's race to other contests as part of what Republican officials say is their overall strategy for the mid-terms of Congress.
" House Democrats who embrace critical race theory do so at their peril and will have to answer for it in 2022, "said Samantha Bullock, spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the party's overseeing branch races in the United States House of Representatives. Republican Taylor Keeney entered the race against the Democratic representative last weekUnited States Representative Abigail Spanberger, who represents a district of Virginia outside of Richmond, is seen as a major battleground in next year's election.
One of the Keeneys 'war cries: Schools should be "for education, not for indoctrination.
Some doubt that the CRT component helps Republicans conquer the suburbs because the controversy so far Now it has mostly affected the most fervent supporters of the party. Whit Ayres, a veteran Republican strategist in Virginia, predicts that his greatest achievement may be to launch the base in a generally low voter turnout.
But for Virginians like Dutta, class race is the only issue now guiding their votes.
Dutta said she built a career in tech after moving to the United States in 1993 to go to college with just a few hundred dollars in her pocket, and largely avoided politics. That changed after his son's top-ranked school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, last year eliminated standardized admission tests and adopted a "holistic exam" process. "which takes into account socio-economic factors as well as the cumulative grade point average.
The incoming class, announced in May, saw the proportion of 'Asian-American students drop to 54% from 73% with a corresponding increase in the number of black, Hispanic and white students.
Dutta argues that the changes have lowered academic standards and constitute targeted discrimination against Asians. The school systemre from Fairfax County refutes this, saying the admission remains race-neutral and there has been no impact on the school's academic performance.
Dutta now chairs an education support group for Youngkin, tasked with finding like-minded parents. "Asians generally vote Democrats, but it won't be like that this year, " she said.
Fairfax alone is home to over 200,000 Asian Americans, the largest number of any counties in Virginia. Asian Americans make up about 8% of the statewide electorate.
Voters nationwide, Americans Asian and Pacific Islanders backed Biden against Trump by at least a 2-to-1 margin, according to pre-election and exit polls.
Christine Chen, executive director of the Asia and Pacific nonprofit Islander American Vote, said studies conducted by her organization have shown that a majority of Asian Americans support affirmative action policies to help disadvantaged minorities.
And after a wave of anti-Asian violence in Over the past year, Chen said they also likely recognize the value of incorporating Reporting by James Oliphant in Arlington, Virginia; Gabriella Borter in McLean, Virginia; and Joseph Ax in Princeton, New Jersey. Edited by Soyoung Kim, Colleen Jenkins and Marla Dickerson
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