Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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7/27/22  9:27 pm
Commenter: Claire Thomas

Education by educators, supported by parents

We can't use vague terminology like "sexually explicit material" to be weaponized against full education for our youth. Robust sexual education is part of a full education that needs to be provided to the youth of Virginia. We cannot expect our young Virginians to be fully well rounded citizens without educating them about relationships, sex, LGTBQ+ issues and topics, and what makes a healthy or unhealthy relationship. Students need to be able to talk to many trusted adults in their lives and parents need to be allies with teachers in educating our youth. Teachers CANNOT teach if they are under attack from parents and politicians who would gladly throw our children's future in the mud to score political points over imaginary issues.


Virginia teachers are highly educated and are obviously not exposing children to things that are not age appropriate. If they were, they would be fired. This law is ridiculous and is just another barely concealed way to try to push a restrictive and regressive religious agenda into the public schools. If parents are so horrified with the public schools and what they teach I suggest they homeschool or send their children to a parochial school so the rest of us can be part of the 21st century with all the glory of diversity that is Virginia in 2022.


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