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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7/29/22  7:43 am
Commenter: Rebecca Thayer

Strongly oppose

I strongly oppose this guidance, especially the "right to protect innocence" which is just a "right" to keep children ignorant of information that frightens parents. Children are not helped by being kept unaware of the existence of sex, or of other potentially disturbing topics like murder, racism, rape, and war. Many children have already experienced these in their lives and can be helped by dealing with them openly instead of trying to hide them in shame and ignorance. We should trust educators to use age-appropriate materials to deal with these topics instead of restricting them.

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