The new bill, which is expected to be signed by the governor of Virginia, stipulates that schools must notify parents when their children are assigned books with sexual content.
RICHMAND, Virginia (AP) – The House of Delegates has passed a party voting law that requires schools to notify parents when their children are assigned books with sexual content.
The bill, authored by Republican Senator Shiaban Danavant, has already passed the Senate. It is now being signed by Governor Glen Yangkin.
He is expected to sign it, one of several dozen bills he has identified as a legislative priority.
“We have long advocated for parents and guardians to be actively involved in reviewing the materials used in the instruction. We continue to provide these opportunities and maintain partnerships with families to participate in review opportunities, ”said Frank Belavia, Director of Communications, Arlington County Public Schools, WTOP.
The bill, which passed 52-46 votes on Monday, also requires students to be given an alternative assignment if parents object to the materials.
The Department of Education is tasked with developing model regulations for implementation by local school boards.
Valerie Bonk of WTOP contributed to this report.
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