Editorial: Expect more attacks on public education in Virginia in 2023 – Lynchburg News and Advance

Get opinion pieces, letters and editorials sent directly to your inbox weekly!
Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, expects to be playing defense during the upcoming General Assembly session, at least when it comes to the ongoing push by Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Republicans in the state legislature to carry out a culture war crusade in state education.
Richmond Times-Dispatch Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax
“Democrats are going to be a little bit on our heels again, trying to protect the progress that we’ve made,” Simon said, “against efforts to redefine obscenity, to limit access to educational materials and to elevate the desires of some parents under the guise of ‘parental rights’ over what’s really best for students and parents all over the commonwealth.”
The progress he referred to has to do with educational materials and directives compiled during Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s term, especially during the final two years, when Democrats also controlled both houses of the General Assembly.
The notion of what “parental rights” means, exactly, drives this conflict.
“It’s very simple,” said Del. Tim Anderson, R-Virginia Beach.
Parents, he said, “want to go to school boards, they want to be able to say, ‘We are concerned about this curriculum, we are concerned about math standards, we are concerned about excellence in education,’” he said.
Central to this concern is a belief that educators are hellbent on shutting parents out of the process, a notion that Northam’s would-be successor, Terry McAuliffe, blundered right into with his September 2021 debate gaffe, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Anderson’s relatively benign-sounding explanation earns a glance askance when one considers his national newsmaking and ultimately failed lawsuit to restrict access to books containing sexually explicit material by having them declared obscene. His suit aimed for restrictions of two books, “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe and “A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas, to be applied not just to school libraries but to commercial bookstore chains.
“That is a radical idea that is not just about parental rights, that is about erasure of certain communities,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia Executive Director Mary Bauer.
Simon effectively explained the troubling aspect of the “parental rights” campaign — in practice it involves imposing a conservative Christian viewpoint on all families in the school system. “They’re restricting what my kids can see. Right? And so wait a second, I want these books to be available to my kids. What about my rights as a parent?”
Simon asserted that fanning the flames of conservative outrage over “parental rights,” stirring anger over the supposed removal of rights that haven’t actually been taken away, serves a bigger long-term goal.
“It’s accentuating our divisions and our differences in an effort to say that a public school is just untenable, we can’t do it,” he said. “It’s a part of this larger effort, I can’t emphasize this enough, to just undermine the whole concept of public school.”
-Adapted from the Roanoke Times
Get opinion pieces, letters and editorials sent directly to your inbox weekly!

The incoming Republican House majority is salivating to begin investigations against the Biden administration, with some in the caucus even talking about impeachment. In contrast to the numerous Democratic investigations and two impeachments against Donald Trump — which were legitimate responses to a uniquely unfit president who routinely spurned the rule of law — the GOP’s current plans are …

The state’s new Combating Antisemitism Report has much to commend.

Upon taking office, every member of Congress must swear an oath to “support and defend” the United States Constitution. America is currently watching most congressional Republicans — including Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley and the state’s entire GOP House delegation — violate that oath in real time. What else can be said of supposed political leaders who sit silently while their party’s standard bearer and presidential frontrunner publicly calls for the “termination” of the Constitution for the sake of his own power?

The crisis prompted by hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers swarming into the United States could be about to get worse. Ahead of the Nov. 8 midterms, Republicans pounded President Joe Biden for failing to stop the flood of migrants at the U.S. southern border, while progressive Democrats criticized the administration for not doing more to help people desperately fleeing starvation, human rights abuses and gang violence.

Back in 2001, precious few Americans could have explained what Houston-based Enron did as a company and how it got so spectacularly wealthy. But when it filed for a record-breaking bankruptcy, Americans got schooled fast about not putting their trust and money behind swaggering, fast-talking con artists. But fools and their money regrouped over the years, and along came FTX, a $32 billion cryptocurrency exchange that repeated many of Enron’s mistakes and yielded the same abysmal results. We suspect that a lot of investors who lost their shirts in the FTX failure would have trouble explaining exactly what FTX did, and that’s largely because the entire cryptocurrency industry is built on fantasy.

Virginia may well be nearing a critical mass about the necessity of making mental health services more effective, accessible and affordable. While it’s taken far too long for the commonwealth to reach this point, it is a moment we cannot afford to squander. The availability of this care — regardless of location, regardless of ability to pay — is essential to building a healthier, happier and …

For a six-month period last year, something life-changing happened for tens of millions of American families: They started receiving automatic monthly payments of as much as $300 per child to use for whatever they needed. But Congress allowed the payments to expire in January, ending an expanded child tax credit that slashed child poverty and could have been a source of financial stability as …

More than 20 years after 9/11, Americans are still taking their shoes off at airport checkpoints and remain prohibited from packing larger bottles in their luggage. Yet the folks at the Department of Homeland Security continue to be flummoxed about how to implement more stringent identification requirements for airline passengers. On Monday, the department announced that it was again delaying …

It’s time for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to get tough about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Much of the talk at the recent annual meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s executive council was self-congratulatory praise of the progress that’s been made in saving the bay from being choked to death by pollution. The real story, though, is how much remains to be done, and the …

If you ask any security consultant about one of the biggest physical security risks a business can take, high up on the list would be having huge piles of cash lying around. If you ask a business consultant what one of a small business’ biggest commercial risks might be, they would likely tell you that it’s not being able to get loans, financing, or even standard banking services to run their …
Richmond Times-Dispatch Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax
Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


About fira

Check Also

One Piece Film: Red Poster Shows Luffy’s New Outfit – ComingSoon.net

By Tyler Treese Another One Piece Film: Red poster has been released that shows off a new …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *