Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has signed into law a bill that would require specific notification to parents about potentially objectionable sexually related content being taught to their children.
The bill was signed on Friday and requires school districts to create a policy that allows parents more control over what their children will see and hear in the way of sexual education in school, according to a report by The Daily Caller.
The bill was authored by State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant and requires the state’s Department of Education to create a plan that local school boards are required to adopt the policy by Jan. 1, 2023, at the latest.
According to the Daily Caller’s review of related materials, the bill would allow parents to “review instructional materials that includes sexually explicit content.”
The schools are also required to provide “non-explicit instructional material” as an alternative for their child if they feel the explicate material is too mature for the child in question.
The changes are applicable to in-classroom material only and cannot be used “for the censoring of books in public elementary and secondary schools,” according to current reports.
BREAKING: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has signed a new law requiring schools notify parents about any sexually explicit content in classroom curriculum.
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A similar bill was vetoed by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who campaigned against Youngkin, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who outlined how the former governor didn’t back parent’s rights to decide what mature material their children were exposed to.
This is the newly minted Republican governor’s second education-related bill in the last week, the second of which expands the Advanced Studies Diploma program option for high school students and aims to increase the “transparency and honesty” of performance measures for students, prompting the governor to say that, “Both [bills] deliver on my Day One promises to give parents a greater say in their children’s education,” Youngkin said.