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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10/27/22  12:00 am
Commenter: Virginian parent

Fully oppose the 2022 model policies


ON THE PRIVACY, DIGNITY, AND RESPECT FOR ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS IN VIRGINIA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS, is a covert targeted action to fully isolate and discriminate socially and culturally against transgender children and widen the divide that already exists in our society rather than promote a healthy diverse and inclusive society.  It will definitely instigate and nurture fertile ground that is rife with harassment and bullying, which is already a big unresolved problem in our schools.
Yes parents have rights that must be observed and protected but they lose them when it is harming their child, and that is where the schools, social services, and the police take over. When a school reports a transgender student to their parent when the parents are opposed to their child’s decision about their gender, then the school is 1. Judging and discriminating against that child by equalizing their choice as ‘harm’ that must be reported to the parents, 2. The school is actively participating in putting the child in harm’s way. 
The 2022 Model Policies are in effect using force that is disguised as policy to make  the students conform to its creators beliefs and using the education institution as a dangerous weapon against our trans children. The very essence of dictatorship examples we see around us in ‘underdeveloped’ countries of the world, with informants and institutions not serving the people, but the beliefs of the ruling power whether it was a party or religion. 
I would like to remind the crafters of this 2022 Model Policies that they are not the Taliban or ISIL, that bend the will of the people starting with their children, instead they are the shapers of this free, enlightened, and advanced American society that should lead the world, not follow the worst examples in it.

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