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As VA Gov Race Enters Home Stretch, Republican Emphasizes Parental Rights in Education

AMAC Exclusive – by Shane Harris

Virginia

In the closing weeks of the Virginia Governor’s race, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin is betting big on one issue in particular to propel him to victory: education. That was on full display at a packed event in Burke, Virginia this past Tuesday, where Youngkin promised to hold school board officials and administrators accountable and presented his education plan for the state.

Specifically, Youngkin called for an investigation into the Loudoun County school board and superintendent after it was recently revealed that school administrators allegedly covered up the sexual assault of a ninth-grade girl in a school bathroom this past May. According to the bombshell report from the Daily Wire, a “gender fluid” male student wearing a skirt entered a girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School and raped a female student. The school board and superintendent not only neglected to report that sexual assault to the Virginia Department of Education, as is required by state law, but also allegedly failed to report several other similar cases over the past number of years. Worse, the school board allegedly allowed the offender to re-enroll at nearby Broad Run High School while the investigation was still pending, where he sexually assaulted another female student.

“As a Virginian, I’m heartbroken for these girls and their families,” Youngkin said at the event on Tuesday. “I’m heartbroken at how their government leaders failed them. As a father, I am ignited with an unwavering resolve to not just fix this, but to hold those who have failed our children accountable.”

“The time for closed door conversation and silencing parents is over,” Youngkin continued, adding that “those that are responsible must be fired or resign immediately.”

Youngkin also called out President Biden for ordering the FBI to investigate parents who expressed outrage over such occurrences during school board meetings. One such parent who many on the left labeled a “domestic terrorist” was Scott Smith, the father of the young girl who was raped at Stone Bridge High School. Smith was arrested at a school board meeting earlier this year after he was denied the opportunity to speak following the superintendent’s statement that the school system had “no record” of sexual assault occurring in a bathroom. “Instead of investigating parents, the Department of Justice should be investigating those who have covered up a heinous crime on our students,” Youngkin said.

Youngkin promised that as governor, he would deliver a new direction for education in the commonwealth that would keep students safe and raise standards that have waned in recent years under Democratic governance. In addition to pledging a full investigation of the Loudoun County school board, Youngkin said that he would withhold funding if schools did not hire resource officers. He also said that schools should conduct an annual safety audit in conjunction with local law enforcement, and that schools would have to report crimes to the police and to Virginia Department of Education officials under his watch.

Importantly, Youngkin also pledged to give parents a greater say in the education of their children, something that Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe has expressed opposition to, saying recently that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” A strong proponent of school choice, Youngkin has promised to open 20 new charter schools in Virginia with money from the American Rescue Plan Act, and further insists on complete transparency for parents about what material their kids are taught.

After other issues like crime and the economy dominated the campaign early on, education has taken center stage for both candidates in recent weeks. According to one CBS News poll, 62% of likely voters say that education will be a “major factor” in their voting decision.

While the race remains a dead heat, there are signs that Youngkin’s pivot to focusing on education issues is resonating with Virginia voters. After most polls showed McAuliffe with a 5-7 point advantage in August, Youngkin has effectively pulled even.

It’s likely that Youngkin’s outreach to parents has at least something to do with that, particularly as kids return to schools, many in-person for the first time in over a year. After McAuliffe’s aforementioned comments that parents should not be able to tell schools what to teach, Youngkin launched an initiative called “Parents Matter,” which his campaign website calls “a movement of families, parents, children, and caring neighbors that will stand up to and reject Terry McAuliffe’s attempts to silence parents and stand between them and their children’s education.”

Youngkin has since held several Parents Matter rallies throughout the state, emphasizing that “parents have a fundamental right to be engaged in their kids’ education.” Youngkin also spoke at a “Rally to Save our Schools” in Loudoun County last month, where he again said that schools were failing students in Virginia under new woke policies and curricula like Critical Race Theory and other so-called “equity” initiatives. As part of his “Day One Game Plan,” Youngkin has promised to ban Critical Race Theory and its related ideologies from Virginia public schools.

If Youngkin wins on November 2, it will mark a major victory for Republicans not just in Virginia, but nationally heading into next year’s midterm elections. The Youngkin campaign’s focus on parental rights in education may also provide a roadmap for vulnerable Republicans to shore up their own reelection bids while also unseating Democrats from swing districts. Perhaps most importantly for Republicans, a potential Democratic collapse in what has been a reliably blue state in recent elections would leave many Democrats second-guessing the rising influence of progressive leaders and policies within the party, widening the already obvious rift threatening the Democrat agenda in Washington.

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HocasPocas
1 month ago

Just reading that the race is close is a good indication that this election will also be rigged for the democrats

Jane CA
1 month ago

That’s terrific for Va. But where doe North Carolina stand?Stop raceism now! CTR should be banned as well as “Gender Fluid” Males sharing the same bathroom. During the days of my public education, Parents were expected to participate in their childrens education. If for some reasons the parent(s) could not, provisions were made. Those were the days, when we pledged allegiance to the flag every morning !!

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago

I agree 200% it is the parent or guardians right to censor academics and keep their MINOR AGED CHILDREN SAFE AS WELL!!!!!

PattyAnn
1 month ago

every 2 & 4 years we have to listen to politicians campaign their BS on what they’re going to do during their term only to be disappointed that nothing really gets accomplished. and during that term we all once again frustrated at the process and wait for the next election to vote them out so that we can vote in another politician with false promises. it’s a vicious circle! it would be nice to actually see good results from promises…oh yeah, we actually had that from a non-politician…trump!

Barb
1 month ago

Let’s see how long it takes the cheaters to check out the cemetery to get additional votes when they realize their party is behind….

BAE
1 month ago

Critical race theory should be outlawed in all schools. Merrick Garland, AG should removed from office. Garland and his family have made millions $$$$$$$ from CRT. He is too corrupt to serve the America tax payer…

Ertis Crumpler
1 month ago
Reply to  BAE

Amen, Amen and Amen

Lois
1 month ago

With all the disgusting things we hear today my heart breaks for the children. They are
collateral damage for the desires and fears of adults.They have lost two years of their
education and memories. We don’t want them back to learn to question their race and
gender.They are there to learn the basic 3R’s and to get along with other children.The
government has no right to indoctrinate and many teachers would do just that.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Lois

You have hit the nail on the head on this issue, thanks.

Jane CA
1 month ago
Reply to  Lois

They have been doing that in colleges for years!!

Mike B.
1 month ago

How can this race be at a dead heat ? Who would vote for a creature who hasn’t had this monster arrested , and jailed? They arrest the father for his words , and actions ! The whole school board should be fired ,and replaced immediately! Any mother, or father that doesn’t vote for Youngkin has his, or her head up there back side . I don’t care if your children are grown, and out of the house! This is not America ! Please VA , get out , and vote!

DebS
1 month ago

As a product of public education for 12 years, I can only remember having on the very least 3 excellent teachers that actually cared about their students and their subject matter. It was worse in community college, never had a professor that actually taught anything useful. But once I transferred to a University tor finish out my education it was totally different, the professors really took an interest in their students and their teaching method. Yes, parents should certainly have a say in what is being taught to their children, after all we pay taxes to support the schools.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  DebS

Wow, I feel sorry for our system if your experience is widespread. But it is good to know that some teachers truly care for their students.

jocko
1 month ago

united states of latin america, now, FORMERLY THE GREAT UNITED STATES

Elena
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

????????

Barb
1 month ago
Reply to  Elena

Maybe Jocko is referring to the open southern borders? If so, all those coming across the borders are not only Latin Americans, but according to the latest numbers provided by the media, it seems to be these people are from about 150 different countries.

jocko
1 month ago

WHY IS THE CANCEROUS liberal MEDIA SHOWING 98 % BLACK MEN WITH WHITE WOMEN IN ALL OF THE TV COMMERCIALS ? OH, YEAH, JUST ANOTHER METHOD TO DESTROY OUR NATION

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

I do not understand the marketing angle of this. Mixed race couples is a small percentage of the total market. Yet ,many commercials show mixed race couples. I am not against mixed race couples. But it seems there is an agenda to this. It is hard to fathom what that agenda is. It could be they think all black men secretly want white men, very racist! Or they are targeting liberals, who would tend to be swayed by this to support their products.

Jane CA
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

Wow! This must be anti CRT!!! Dems do not want us to get along, they want to divide and conquer!

Hal
1 month ago

When will they ever learn? DemocRats don’t follow laws if they don’t fit their propaganda output. If any state, VA or any other, wants to maintain integrity of school leadership and authority, they better elect non-DemocRats to high offices.

R.J. from Arizona
1 month ago

Having lived in Virginia over 30 years, I offer this. Northern VA counties are for the most part federal government employees, hence solid democrat. Tidewater is democrat as Richmond area.
IF VA has an honest election, Youngkin could pull it off, but I doubt he will win.i hope I am wrong, Virginia was a great state. Also, if Youngkin does win, what about the House of Delegates and Senate who are Socialist?

Robin Walter Boyd
1 month ago

I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a Republican win of this election that will hopefully set off a series of other Progressive Democrats being ousted from political positions. We need to take back our schools, take back our social lives, take back our medical and insurance issues and take back our government before we go one inch further into a Socialism that will rapidly be overtaken by the Communists we have been fighting for over a century. We are losing a war that has been waged from inside the U.S. with foreign Communist support.

jocko
1 month ago

NEVER HAPPEN; libs WILL CHEAT ON ALL ELECTIONS LIKE LAST YEAR

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

What will it take for people to accept the results of elections. And this is tough question: What will happen in USA if both Democrats & Republicans refuse to accept results of our elections, refuse to leave office, refuse smooth transition, etc. Watch out for this as it could ruin this country.

Rik
1 month ago

McAuliffe ran one of the dumbest campaigns in history. And guess what?
. . . I predict HE WILL WIN IN A LANDSLIDE! . . . Why? . . . Because the Commies can’t afford to have him lose!
Just like Biden AND Governor Newsom, he will win! . . . Until voter integrity laws are not only passed BUT TRULY ENFORCED, the Commies will continue to “win” every Election they desire! . . . Live and Learn Republicans, the COMMIES PLAY FOR KEEPS!

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

Yes, likely another squeaker (3 to 5 percentage points win) of an election where surprise, surprise the Democrat magically wins thanks to some “last minute” ballots. I don’t think the Dems will rig a landslide win (12 to 15 percentage points win), because that would just raise too many questions they don’t want to have to answer.

When only one side (NOT our side) is actually playing for keeps, it’s kind of easy to guess who the likely winner will be. Voter integrity laws are a four letter word in most Democrat run states. They level the playing field and we can’t have that now can we? So don’t expect any of the Democrat run states to enact them. Such laws are only a defense mechanism for the Red states to safeguard themselves from the magic boxes of ballots that mysteriously appear in the car trunks of Democrat election officials at 2:00 a.m. in the morning.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

When are the VAST MAJORITY of voters going to wise up about these ( D ) marxist bozos ?
Caps not used intentionally out of pure disrespect.

Patricia A Arsenault
1 month ago

I’m praying for the people to make the right decision. This is for our children

Paul W
1 month ago

If parental rights are as important to virginians as they seem to be, considering their fiery schoolboard meetings, I think Glenn Youngkin will edge out clintonista terry-boy. Of course, that’s assuming that it’s a free and fair election…a very big if!

Gregory Russell
1 month ago

Anyone who refuses to acknowledge the ABSOLUTE RIGHT of parents to say what their children will or will not be taught has NO place in any position of authority. PERIOD. STOP this godless, evil agenda.

johnh
1 month ago

School boards need to hear what parents have to say about education, but must do it in an civil way and not become threatening to anyone.

MichEng
1 month ago

Get out and vote Youngkin, Virginia voters!

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