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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  5:59 pm
Commenter: Chris

Strongly OPPOSE SB 656

As a parent of two pre-teen children who attend Virginia public schools and a professional librarian, I strongly oppose this bill. All parents already have the ability to monitor the books and other media their children consume, and to shield them from materials they consider inappropriate. Teachers routinely accommodate parental requests for alternative materials and assignments. This bill would in fact curtail the rights of the majority of parents, who expect taxpayer-funded schools to provide access to a wider range of materials and ideas than those that the most narrow-minded individuals would find acceptable.  Its overly broad definition of «sexually explicit content» would have a chilling effect on the free expression of ideas in the classroom, particularly around literature and the arts, and would further undermine the ability of teachers and librarians to do the jobs they are trained to do. This bill seems more like a politically motivated attack on public schools than a serious attempt to empower parents. 


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