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Glenn Youngkin Overhauls Virginia Schools’ Transgender Student Policy

The
Virginia
Department of
Education
released new policies Friday detailing how
school districts
should handle students who identify as
transgender
with a heavy emphasis on parental rights.

The
new policies
direct schools to only recognize “transgender students” if the child’s parent has requested in writing that the school address their child by a different gender identity.

“Parents have the right to make decisions with respect to their children,” the guidance states. “Policies shall be drafted to safeguard parents’ rights with respect to their child, and to facilitate the exercise of those rights.”

The document replaces a previous model published by the department under Gov. Ralph Northam. Northam was succeeded by Republican Glenn Youngkin in January after eight consecutive years of Democratic Party control of the Virginia governor’s mansion. 

The release comes weeks after the Washington Examiner first
reported
that Fairfax County Public …

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