Virginia’s new Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, likely won his race against Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe in what was a trending blue state thanks in large part to his commitment to parents.
For one, Youngkin supported their right to show up at school board meetings and protest increasingly divisive curricula like critical race theory as well as the introduction of sexually inappropriate books and other materials in school libraries.
For another, the GOP governor pledged to fight with parents in their battle to keep culturally destructive materials from being introduced in schools in the first place by far-left activist board members and administrators. And to this latter point, Youngkin is already keeping his word.
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Youngkin
…has set up a special tip line for parents to report schools that are teaching their kids “divisive” critical race theory.
The Republican touted a special new “Help Education” email address late Monday that he said will help enforce his first executive directive in office banning the controversial teaching method.
The tip line is “for parents to send us any instances where they feel their fundamental rights are being violated, where their children are not being respected [and] where there are inherently divisive practices in their schools,” Youngkin told radio host John Fredericks.
“We’re asking for input from parents to make sure we can go right to the source,” he said.
The governor went on to note that recently, the leftist educators who run one of the Fairfax County high schools imposed a lesson plan that included a ‘game’ called “Privilege Bingo,” where all white kids who are Christian, male, or from families of military members were deemed “privileged,” much to their understandable outrage.
“All you can do is shake your head and say, ‘This is exactly why I signed that executive order,’” Youngkin said.
So “we’re asking folks to send us reports and observations that will help us be aware of things like Privilege Bingo,” he told the host, adding: “We’re going to make sure we catalog it all … and that gives us further ability in rooting it out.”
He also assured listeners that Virginia public schools would “continue to teach all history, the good and the bad.” But that would not include critical race theory, which he correctly notes is being used by progressives to divide people into victim groups while blaming whites “for the sins of the past.”
“These are teaching practices that exist in our schools, and we are going to get them out,” he pledged.
Youngkin also talked about his ongoing lawfare with school districts that refuse to allow parents to decide if they want to send their children to school wearing a face diaper.
School districts “aren’t recognizing the rights of parents today,” Youngkin told Fredericks.
“And oh, by the way, they haven’t been recognizing the rights of parents all along,” he said, saying they had “consistently prioritized bureaucrats and politicians over the rights of parents,” he said.
“There is no one better positioned to look after the health and well-being of [a] child than their parents. “I am not going to stop fighting for the rights of parents to make these decisions for their kids,” he insisted.
During his inauguration speech last week, Youngkin made clear he represents all Virginians.
“No matter who you voted for, I pledge to be your advocate, your voice, your governor,” he said. “We stand here on January 15, 2022, filled with hope and optimism for the years ahead. This hope and optimism springs from a shared vision for the future, and also from knowing what we have been through.”