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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8/3/22  11:15 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Richmond parent strongly opposing SB656

I am a Richmond parent of a future RPS student. I strongly oppose this bill first and foremost because it is a clear attempt to keep LGBTQ texts from being made available to all of our children (evident in the definition section of this bill, part 3). I don't want to work and live and raise my child in a state that will not allow teachers to freely represent LGBTQ experiences in our classrooms. I am certain that future generations will not forgive us for this kind of censorship either. Second, I oppose this bill because of the presumption that individual parents know better than trained and expert educators about the kind of content that is important for our children's learning. Public education is a public good that should affirm the diverse society we live in, rather than reaching backwards to try to recreate a heteronormative, homogeneous one that never existed.

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