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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8/1/22  2:16 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly Oppose

There is an inherent flaw in this bill in the fact that it is misleading to parents. There is an assumption that sexually explicit material is being taught by teachers when there is no data being provided that actually supports this. Where is the evidence of what sexually explicit material is being taught? What is the actual need that this bill is attempting to meet? There is no concrete evidence provided that justifies this bill. Instead, it seems to be designed to create or further exacerbate a moral panic.

Further, and more importantly, it seeks to take control from our trained educators- educators who have explicit instruction on what might be age-appropriate and classroom-appropriate learning material.  We have a severe crisis in education right now and it is not what the public thinks is being taught (again, no evidence just implications and scare tactics that seek to incite a moral panic) but a mass exodus of teachers. Throughout the Commonwealth and the US, there are severe teacher shortages. Trained and qualified educators are leaving and instead of asking why this is the case we are seek to further undermine their judgements and their expertise with laws such as this.

Have faith in our education system and the teachers who have devoted their lives to a career of service. Trust that they have our children's needs and best interests in mind.

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