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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7/17/22  10:42 pm
Commenter: Tyler Nguyen

No in Support of

The definition of what is "sexually explicit" content is both broad and vague in both the law and the proposed policies, and includes "homosexuality" in the definition of "sexual conduct." Such a broad definition means that instructional materials that teach LGBTQ+ history, and family life education inclusive of LGBTQ+ families and health, may be censored from the classroom due to teachers' and librarians' confusion or fear of these subjects being qualified as "sexually explicit." It could also mean that any book with a sentence or paragraph remotely sexual in nature could be challenged, even when the book as a whole is extremely valuable to learning.

This law has the potential of eliminating discussions of race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and how they intersect in the teaching of history, literature, and health in our schools. But it's not too late to speak out for students' right to learn.

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