The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) has released its 2022 Model Policies on the privacy, dignity and respect for all students and parents in Virginia’s public schools.
In its informational memo, the DOE explained that the 2021 policies violated parental rights and had to be changed.
The 2021 Model Policies also disregarded the rights of parents and ignored other legal and constitutional principles that significantly impact how schools educate students, including transgender students. With the publication of these 2022 Model Policies on the Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia’s Public Schools (the “2022 Model Policies”), the Department hereby withdraws the 2021 Model Policies, which shall have no further force and effect.
Governor Youngkin rode a wave of parental outrage to the governor’s mansion in 2021’s elections.
In an incredible investigative report by The Daily Wire, a father who was arrested for speaking up at a school board meeting, related how a biological boy wearing a skirt had gained access to the girl’s bathroom thanks to the Democrats’ trans policies, and had raped his daughter, only to have the school board cover up the rape.
To make matters even worse, it wasn’t the first time this boy had raped a girl and had the violent attack covered up by the woke school board.
All of this (along with Virginian’s frustration with the continued non-sensical COVID policies of Governor Northam) led to the unexpected election of Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin.
New governor, New Policies
The new policies are shaped by a series of guiding principles:
- Parents have the right to make decisions with respect to their children.
- Schools shall respect parents’ values and beliefs
- Schools shall defer to parents to make the best decisions with respect to their children
- Schools shall keep parents informed about their children’s well-being
- Schools shall serve the needs of all students
- Schools shall partner with parents
- Schools shall respect all students
To comply with a 2020 Virginia Law, Section 22.1-23.3, local school boards must adopt policies that are consistent with the DOE’s 2022 Model Policies.
The 2020 law was a controversial law passed by the recently elected majority Democrat lower and upper chamber of the Virginia legislature which intended to offer special treatment and accommodations to transgender students at public schools.
Between 2020 and 2021, a partisan Virginia legislature legalized Marijuana, expanded legal abortion up to birth and enacted the trans law mandating special treatment for “trans” children in public schools.
While the trans law should be completely repealed, as it is unnecessary, dangerous and incorrect to define children by anything other than their biological sex, the new model policies issued by Governor Youngkin’s Department of Education are a definite step in the right direction, and partly fulfill the promise made by Glenn Youngkin to listen to parents instead of radical leftist activist organizations like the NEA and Democrat interest groups (which includes the main stream media, of course).
In an important update to the 2021 Democrat policies, Youngkin’s 2022 policies define “sex” as biological sex, and “transgender student” as “a public school student whose parent has requested in writing, due to their child’s persistent and sincere belief that his or her gender differs with his or her sex, that their child be so identified while at school.”
The definitional change of “transgender student” is especially important as earlier this year, Fairfax Public Schools was discovered to be training its teachers on how to surreptitiously enable young children to transition to the opposite sex without informing the parents.
The Trans Left Is Up In Arms
As expected, the vilification of the Governor hit a fever pitch with the release of the guidelines.
Tax payer funded, NPR blared: Virginia has Moved to Restrict the Rights of Trans Students in Public Schools
Youngkin’s newly proposed model policy is scheduled for a 30-day public comment period starting September 26. Stay tuned to AmericanProlifer.com for an opportunity to comment directly in support of this important policy.