Virginia Replaces Democrat Policy With Parents’ Rights Policy

( Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Department of Education last week announced a new public school policy reaffirming the rights of parents that will replace the Democrat-imposed school transgender policy.

The previous policy, passed under Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, permitted school districts to hide from parents a student’s so-called “gender identity” and instructed teachers to refer to students by their “preferred pronouns” and names.

Under the Youngkin Administration’s “2022 Model Policies on the Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia Public Schools,” school districts are required to receive parental consent before playing along with a child’s so-called “gender identity.” So, unless told otherwise by the parents, the school must use the name and gender listed on a student’s official school records.

According to the new policy, the Northam-era policy “disregarded the rights of parents and ignored other legal and constitutional principles that significantly impact how schools educate students.”

The previous policy also encouraged schools to get rid of “gender-based practices” like having a homecoming king and queen or holding events like the father-daughter dance. It also encouraged schools to open restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-specific locations to students of the opposite sex.

Under the new rules, school policies are to “safeguard parents’ rights with respect to their child” and ensure that parents can exercise those rights.

Unsurprisingly, the Left is accusing Governor Youngkin of “transphobia,” arguing that the policy encourages the “misgendering” of so-called “transgender” children and makes them “unsafe.”

In a statement, Virginia Senate Democrats accused Youngkin of violating the civil rights of Virginians.

That’s a tough sell.

The new rules specify that educators implement the requirements of the new policies in a way that “ensures no student is discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his or her sex.”

According to the governor’s office, the new policy reflects Youngkin’s commitment “to preserving parental rights and upholding the dignity and respect of all public school students.”

The new rules will go into effect after a 30-day comment period.