Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Local School Boards and School Divisions [8 VAC 20 ‑ 720]
Action Amendments Regarding Use of Controversial or Sensitive Instructional Materials
Comment Period Ended on 1/15/2014
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12/19/13  7:31 pm

I strongly support this amendment regarding use of controversial or sensitive instructional material

I am a grandparent & previously a registered nurse. I believe that parents have a better perspective for what is considered sensative material & age-appropriate for their children. Today much of the curriculum in the public school system is used for indoctrination, not enough for educational purposes. Please review below from ACLJ:

"A parent's right to remove a child from objectionable classroom instruction and activity is grounded in three constitutional provisions: the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause and the First Amendment Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses. Which provision offers the strongest support for a parental challenge will vary slightly depending on the particular scenario. The potential scenarios faced by Christian parents typically fall into two basic categories—those that involve some degree of student coercion, and those that involve mere “exposure” to objectionable or offensive ideas. An example of the first scenario would be a school curriculum requiring students to participate in mock homosexual wedding ceremonies. Such an activity can be challenged on First Amendment free speech grounds because such a compulsory ritual forces children to endorse speech to which they are morally opposed. Although some lower courts have been unreceptive to recent parental challenges to school curricula, the constitutional underpinnings of parental rights in this area are well established. The First Amendment Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses, combined with the Fourteenth Amendment's fundamental liberty interest of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, form a strong foundation upon which parents can assert their right to opt their children out of objectionable school material or activities. The higher the degree of coercion on students to participate in, or otherwise endorse the classroom activity, the stronger the constitutional argument in favor of a parental opt-out right."

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