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VA Governor Glenn Youngkin Implements K-12 Transgender Policy That Emphasizes the Role of Parents

VA Governor Glenn Youngkin Implements K-12 Transgender Policy That Emphasizes the Role of Parents

“The VDOE updated model policies reaffirm my administration’s continued commitment to ensure that every parent is involved in conversations regarding their child’s education, upbringing, and care.”

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has implemented a new plan for transgender issues in education that emphasizes the role and rights of parents.

This makes perfect sense and is in line with what millions of parents across the country have been demanding for months, but naturally, the left is outraged.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has details:

Youngkin implements K-12 transgender policy that emphasizes parents’ rights

The Youngkin administration on Tuesday implemented a finalized K-12 transgender policy that emphasizes parents’ rights and rolls back some of the protections afforded to transgender students under the previous administration’s model policies.

The new model policies, which the Virginia Department of Education put into effect Tuesday afternoon, aim to require students to use school bathrooms that match the sex they were assigned at birth “except to the extent that federal law otherwise requires.”

The model policies themselves will not have any immediate effect on school divisions’ practices. They are meant to be a model for local school boards, which, by law, must implement their own policies that are consistent with the state’s model policies.

The new policies also require school division personnel to refer to each student using only the pronouns “appropriate to the sex appearing in the student’s official record — that is, male pronouns for students whose sex is male, and female pronouns for a student whose sex is female.”

Youngkin’s office released this statement:

Governor Glenn Youngkin issued the following statement on the Virginia Department of Education’s release of the updated Model Policies Ensuring Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia’s Public Schools:

“All children in Virginia deserve to have a parent engaged in their life and to be treated with dignity and respect. The VDOE updated model policies reaffirm my administration’s continued commitment to ensure that every parent is involved in conversations regarding their child’s education, upbringing, and care. Public comment, input, and concerns were carefully evaluated and assessed to formulate the updated model policies. The Department of Education has delivered policies that empower parents, prohibit discrimination, create a safe and vibrant learning environment by addressing bullying incidents immediately, and protect the privacy and dignity of all students through bathroom policies, athletic procedures, and student identification measures,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.

LGBT advocates are not pleased.

From the New York Daily News:

The Republican governor said the new guidance “is about doing what’s best for the child,” though LGBTQ rights advocates say the new rules are “strongly opposed by parents, teachers, mental health professionals and the students who will be impacted by it.”

“The governor is playing politics with our lives by moving forward with a policy that does nothing to improve our schools,” Narissa Rahaman, executive director of Equality Virginia, said in a statement.

Youngkin ignored the “thousands of Virginians” who submitted comments opposing the policies, Rahaman said, slamming the move as a “politically motivated decision.”

According to the new policies — which are not in effect and will still need to be approved by school boards to be implemented locally — students can only be referred to by a different name or pronoun if their parents approve it, in stark opposition to the guidelines issued by Youngkin’s predecessor in 2021.

Glenn Youngkin is responding to the concerns of parents rather than progressive activists, which is precisely what he was elected to do.


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Well, as equal time, do we bring home economics back to the schools? Hunting and fishing activities? Teach high school boys how to properly grill and select beers? (their parents probably do not have a clue). Until then, the trans conversations should have no place at all in the schools.

nordic prince | July 20, 2023 at 7:41 am

Perhaps I’m being picky, but I would think parents should be more then merely “involved in conversations regarding their child’s education, upbringing, and care” – they should be directing it.

Parents should be the ones calling the shots, not just being in the loop with whatever nonsense the school is trying to push.

Homeschool your kids.

    Concise in reply to nordic prince. | July 20, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Absolutely. The only transgender policy that should be implemented is a ban on transgender policy, although I suspect that would be challenged in public schools.

      gonzotx in reply to Concise. | July 20, 2023 at 11:50 am

      He’s too wishy washy, but he’s planning a run if they succeed in imprisoning our rightful President, Trump

      He gives me the creeps actually

having a trans kid is like having a vegan dog. we all know who made that choice.
an 18 year old who wants to change their sex needs mental health care
a 10 year old who wants to change their sex needs new parents.

‘Give me the child for eight years and I will make him a Bolshevik for life’
Or, in this case, a Democrat.

It sounds to me like simple common sense and the Communists hate it

Sounds good until a kid has their sex changed on official record and we are back to forcing teachers “affirm the gender” of the little dears.

    Whitewall in reply to Dathurtz. | July 20, 2023 at 8:57 am

    “Forcing” being the key. Democrats advance their ideology by intimidation, coersion and then force..

      Dathurtz in reply to Whitewall. | July 20, 2023 at 9:33 am

      Yes. Which is why I don’t get why this law is a “good” thing. It seems to satisfy a knee-jerk response while setting up our side for total loss. That ain’t a win for us.

chrisboltssr | July 20, 2023 at 8:49 am

Pull your kids out of public schools.

    gonzotx in reply to chrisboltssr. | July 20, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Our first grandchild is in a Christian school, it ain’t cheap

    Amd get this, mom has a Ed in Education, but she’s high strung, kids are, home schooling would not end well.

    And I do think kids need socialization, good kind amd yes I know lots of home schooling kids get together

    I think another alternative is pod schooling where families get together and pay for a teacher to school day, five families

    But we need to get OUR money back in school taxes, we must have choice EVERYWHERE .

    We pay over 7,000 a year just in school taxes and that would go a long way to help pay for an education , a real education

    Reading, writing and arithmetic!

Fairfax County School’s Superintendent spammed out a response to parents on this yesterday:


Hello FCPS Staff, Families, and Community,

Yesterday, the Virginia Department of Education announced new model policies.

I understand the concerns that our students, staff, families, and community members may have about what this change of direction by the state may mean for our school division, particularly for our LGBTQIA+ community.

I want to be clear that FCPS remains committed to an inclusive and affirming learning environment for each and every student and staff member including those who are transgender or gender expansive. Our schools will continue to be safe, welcoming, and respectful learning spaces.

We believe our current FCPS policies are consistent with federal and state anti-discrimination laws. We also believe that supporting our students and working with parents and caregivers are not mutually exclusive; we already do both and will continue to do so.

Our core values and beliefs speak to the very heart of who we are at Fairfax County Public Schools, and our students, staff, and families are counting on us to adhere to them:

Fairfax County Public Schools inspires and empowers students to meet high academic standards, lead healthy, ethical lives, and be responsible and innovative global citizens:

Each student is entitled to an excellent education that meets their individual needs.
Everyone thrives in a vibrant, healthful, safe, enriching, and respectful environment.
Our diversity is a strength that creates resilient, open, and innovative global citizens.
These core values — to enhance school safety and create a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive school environment — are also outlined in our FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities.

We will be thoroughly reviewing the new state model policies in the coming days and will share a more detailed response once that review is complete. In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back for an abundantly joyful school year.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Michelle Reid
Fairfax County Public Schools

Lucifer Morningstar | July 20, 2023 at 10:43 am

According to the new policies — which are not in effect and will still need to be approved by school boards to be implemented locally . . .

So what happens if those school boards that are infested with woke members refuse to approve the new policies but insist on continuing the woke policies of Youngkin’s predecessor.

    He’s counting on it

    Well, you could run for a school board position to help get them approved. Or you could just sit at a keyboard and complain.

      Dathurtz in reply to JR. | July 20, 2023 at 12:40 pm

      What makes you think he hasn’t?

      CommoChief in reply to JR. | July 20, 2023 at 12:41 pm

      Some folks ID what they see as problems but decline to make the personal commitment to directly confront and resolve it to their satisfaction. Instead these same folks watch the horizon waiting for the white knight to ride in and save them. They refuse to save themselves while preferring to criticize the actions of those who did make a personal commitment to solve the problem as ‘not far enough’, not strong enough’.

        If it were possible for me to give you a 1,000 thumbs up I would. I was an elected official for 20 years. It was brutal. As a conservative Republican you can imagine the shit I had to endure from the liberal Democrats in my county. But I’m glad I did it. And I would encourage anyone here on this blog to do the same. Yes, it will be hell, but if you don’t do it, who else will? Do you want your legacy to be of someone who really made a difference, even in a small way, or do you want your legacy to be someone who sat on his fat ass every day and posted comments on Internet blogs?

          CommoChief in reply to JR. | July 20, 2023 at 6:29 pm

          In my younger years in college and then for a couple of years after I had the opportunity to work on a couple of local Judicial contests, a County Sheriff race, State senate race and one statewide race. This was the early ’90s and the GoP was still fighting to gain a foothold in these offices in Alabama v entrenched and angry d/prog.

          The mudslinging and sharp elbows were a revelation to me. I knew on an intellectual or academic basis that campaigns got heated but seeing and experiencing the reality in person was a hoot. I don’t have the temperament to be a candidate personally. Occasional service as a gadfly at a public meeting, writing checks and free advice/support is more my speed.

EXCLUSIVE: Young North Carolina woman sues the doctors who put her on testosterone at age 17, saying she needed therapy, not a double mastectomy, in latest blockbuster ‘detransition’ lawsuit

I have a bridge to sell to anyone who doesn’t think the hospitals, schools, states, and even parents who had a hand in making these horrors happen will be getting their butts sued off as well.

So one way or another, the taxpayers will be paying for this indulgence in evil farce for a long time to come (don’t forget to add the medical/psych costs for attempting to undo the damage done).

BierceAmbrose | July 20, 2023 at 6:40 pm

What, they thinki they have a say in how their kids are raised?

The breeding stock isn’t there to decide what becomes of their offspring.