The fight over critical race theory in the classroom crept into Virginia’s gubernatorial race, where the candidates are banking on education issues to give them the edge in a tight contest. 

GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin, 54, is putting his focus on the culture wars raging over the race-focused instruction that has spread through K-12 schools in Virginia and across the country. 

He chose to roll out his education agenda in Loudoun County, where parents are battling the school board over critical race theory in the curriculum.  

Mr. Youngkin vowed one of his first official acts as governor would be to sign an executive order banning the teachings in Virginia public schools. 

Critical race theory, an academic thesis born in the 1970s that grew into

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