In regards to the adoption of SB656 :
I commend the Youngkin administration and all the hardworking people that have pushed the needle forward in increasing parental authority and decreasing psychological, mental and spiritual damage to children enrolled in our public school system. Fundamentally, inappropriately aged and themed content, WHICH IS ILLEGAL OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL, must not be used or made accessible to children.
I support these critically important model policies as a well thought first step to protect our kids from inappropriate sexual content at school respecting parents’ right to determine whether their children are exposed to this content. As parents, we have a fundamental right to make these decisions, and we are in the best position to know what is appropriate for their unique children.
Despite the crescendo of voices opposing inappropriately aged and sexually explicit content materials of learning and books, our school boards remain tone deaf and dismissive. I am deeply concerned that, unless certain minimum standards are expressly mandated (as opposed to providing examples or suggestions), many schools will find ways around what they consider to be mere guidance. The Dept. of Education MUST make sure through this document that there are specific actions which every school MUST take to ensure sexually explicit materials are correctly identified and seen by parents FIRST.
It is my sincere hope that legislators move in unity to protect our children and their innocence with sound law reflective of our Judeo-Christian values as well restore parental authority and decency in our education system. Otherwise, parents need to pull children out of schools and taxpayer dollars assigned to schools should follow the child not the schools.
Fairfax Station, VA.