Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe argued that parents should not tell schools what to teach during the final debate before the upcoming November 2 election.
McAuliffe’s comments, who served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018, came after Republican candidate Glenn Youngkins said he believed parents should be given more authority in the decisions of local school districts. , which includes what kind of books to their children. In school.
“What we’ve seen during the last 20 months is that our school systems are refusing to engage with parents,” Youngkin said. “In fact, last week in Fairfax County, we saw parents so upset because there was such sexually explicit material in the library that they had never seen it, it was shocking.”
He then pointed out that in 2016 McAuliffe put in place a measure known as the “beaved” bill, a measure that would have made Virginia the first state to require schools to warn parents of explicit sexual content in books. and allow parents to block their children. reading those books
“You vetoed the bill that would have informed the parents that they were there,” Youngkins told the former governor. “You believe that the school system should tell children what to do. I believe that parents should take responsibility for their children’s education.”
In response, McAuliffe said parents would have the power to remove books from library shelves if the 2016 bill passed.
“It wasn’t like parents had the right to veto books… take them off the shelves too,” he said. “I won’t let the parents come into the schools and really take out the books and make their own decisions.”
“I withheld the bill and I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe said.
The candidates’ comments come amid ongoing controversies around public education in Virginia, including the inclusion of critical race theory (CRT) in schools, and the Commonwealth’s new model policies encouraging school districts to provide transgender students with restrooms and lockers. Allow room to be used that aligns with them. gender identity.
During the first governor’s debate on September 16, McAuliffe said that individual school boards should make their own decisions about implementing the model policies. Youngkin agreed with McAuliffe’s response on Tuesday, but said parents should be involved in the conversation, and that schools should consider “concepts of safety, privacy and respect” when making decisions.
When it comes to CRT, McAuliffe reportedly dismissed the concerns as a “right-wing conspiracy” that was “entirely created by Donald Trump.” In contrast, Youngkin said CRT is a real issue.
“Schools in Virginia are in a state of chaos because of the left-liberal, progressive agenda that pervades the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Youngkin told The Epoch Times earlier this summer. “We closed our schools unnecessarily, and harmed children throughout Virginia. We’ve incorporated the political agenda of Critical Race Theory into the curriculum, and we’re seeing parents take a stand throughout Virginia and in Loudon County as a whole.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times