Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: Every day, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, educators and school leaders work to ensure that all students have an opportunity to receive a high-quality education. As a part of that work, educators strive to meet the individual needs of all students entrusted to their care, and teachers work to create educational environments where all students thrive. The Virginia Department of Education (the “Department”) recognizes that each child is a unique individual with distinctive abilities and characteristics that should be valued and respected. All students have the right to attend school in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, or bullying. The Department supports efforts to protect and encourage respect for all students. Thus, we have a collective responsibility to address topics such as the treatment of transgender students with necessary compassion and respect for all students. The Department also fully acknowledges the rights of parents to exercise their fundamental rights granted by the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children. The Code of Virginia reaffirms the rights of parents to determine how their children will be raised and educated. Empowering parents is not only a fundamental right, but it is essential to improving outcomes for all children in Virginia. The Department is mindful of constitutional protections that prohibit governmental entities from requiring individuals to adhere to or adopt a particular ideological belief. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees religious freedom and prohibits the government from compelling speech that is contrary to an individual’s personal or religious beliefs. The Department embarked on a thorough review of the Model Policies Guidance adopted on March 4, 2021 (the “2021 Model Policies”). The 2021 Model Policies promoted a specific viewpoint aimed at achieving cultural and social transformation in schools. The 2021 Model Policies also disregarded the rights of parents and ignored other legal and constitutional principles that significantly impact how schools educate students, including transgender students. With the publication of these 2022 Model Policies (the “2022 Model Policies”), the Department hereby withdraws the 2021 Model Policies, which shall have no further force and effect. The Department issues the 2022 Model Policies to provide clear, accurate, and useful guidance to Virginia school boards that align with statutory provisions governing the Model Policies. See Code of Virginia, § 22.1-23.3 (the “Act”). Significantly, the 2022 Model Policies also consider over 9,000 comments submitted to the Department during the public comment period for the 2021 Model Policies.
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9/26/22  10:20 am
Commenter: Carlie

teaching your children about trans people won't turn them trans, you black boxing loser

I spent 26 years watching the most heterosexual garbage on my tv because people like Youngkin thought watching anything queer would turn their precious children gay, god forbid that ever happen (eyeroll). Yet here I am, a cis woman, eating pussy like it was made for me. If your kid is trans and you let them do what they want, you'll have a happy trans kid. If you try to "persuade" your trans kids into being cis, you end up with a dead kid.
What a child watches or knows about, doesn't suddenly change turn them into that thing, but hiding information from them is a sure sign you are at the very least manipulating your child and what they are allowed to think is "okay". If your child is begging teachers not to tell you that they're trans, maybe you should reflect on why your child is so scared of you. Children should be able to trust that their parents will help them, and be there for them, not actively abuse them every time them intentionally use the wrong name or tell them they don't know anything.
Does no one remember what it was like being a child? Didn't you wish you could just cuddle with your momma and not worry about anything? Why are you so afraid of letting children feel safe within themselves?

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