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Virginia Senate Passes Bill Giving Parents Right to Review and Refuse Sexually Explicit School Material

Raymond Wolfe : Feb 11, 2022

"...Another W for Virginia's families." -American Principles-tweet

(Richmond, VA) — [] The Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would mandate parental notification for sexually explicit school content and allow parents to demand non-explicit material. (Image: Pixabay)

The majority-Democrat chamber approved the legislation, SB 656, in a 20-18 vote Wednesday. Two Democrats, Sens. Lynwood Lewis and Monty Mason, joined Republicans to pass the bill. Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain did not vote.

SB 656 requires public schools to notify parents of any instructional material that includes sexually explicit content and allow parents to review it. The legislation also requires schools to provide alternative, non-explicit material to any student upon a parent's request.

The bill tasks Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) with developing model policies on parental notification for school boards by no later than July. "Each school board shall adopt policies that are consistent with but may be more comprehensive than the model policies developed by the Department," according to the bill.

School boards have until January 1, 2023 to implement the new policies... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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