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  3:33 pm
Commenter: Matthew Hamrick

Strongly Support: Censoring sexually explicit content is not "censoring education"

Censoring sexually explicit content is not "censoring education" as many of the commentors would have you believe.  Or that its taking away control of teachers (as though parent's input has no value).  Some have commented that they cannot understand how in any context would a teacher come across sexually explicit material while instructing children. The reality is that this has happened in schools all across the country, and when the book or literature was brought to a school board meeting, the board said the material was too explicit to show during a school board meeting.  How can we continue to follow this logic??

Please ensure through this document that there are certain specific actions that every school MUST take in order to ensure sexually explicit materials are correctly identified and seen by parents first. I am concerned that, unless certain minimum standards are expressly mandated (as opposed to providing examples or suggestions), many schools may find ways around what they consider to be mere guidance. 

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