McAuliffe comments in response to Youngkin’s argument that parents should be more involved
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, said he doesn’t think parents should control what state schools teach.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” said McAuliffe, who previously served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018. said during Tuesday’s debate With Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.
McAuliffe made this comment in response to Youngkin’s argument that parents should be more involved in the decisions of local school districts.
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“I agree with your conclusion, Terry, that we should really let the local school districts make these decisions,” Youngkin said. “But we should ask them to include the concepts of security and privacy and respect in the discussion. And we should demand that they include parents in this dialogue.
“What we have seen during the last 20 months is that our school systems are refusing to engage with parents. In fact last week in Fairfax County, we saw parents being so upset because there was such sexism in the library. There was obvious material they had never seen, it was shocking,” he continued. “And in fact, you vetoed the bill that would have informed parents they were there. You believe the school system should tell kids what to do. I believe that parents should be in charge of their children’s education.”
McAuliffe replied that “the parents had the right to veto the books” under the bill they had vetoed. “I wouldn’t let the parents come to the schools, and actually take out the books, and make my own decisions,” he said.
The exchange came after a question about newly released guidelines from the Virginia Department of Education asking school districts to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their preferred gender identity.
McAuliffe said he welcomes local school district input into such policies, but he supports the state issuing guidance on such issues through the Department of Education.
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Tuesday’s debate between the two candidates was the last before the state’s November 2 election, with many analysts monitoring the first major election in the post-Trump era for insight into next year’s midterm election.
currently voting show a tight The race between the two candidates, with RealClearPolitics Average showing McAuliffe only three points ahead of Youngkin.