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Virginia | October 14, 2021

Youngkin at Parents Matter rally in Culpeper: “The country needs us to win Virginia”

Virginia | October 14, 2021

Around 150 people, including representatives from various national and global media outlets, packed into The Pier restaurant in downtown Culpeper Wednesday for a “Parents Matter” campaign rally with Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.

“We gotta all win together,” said the 54-year-old native Virginian and former CEO of The Carlyle Group private equity firm, in addressing initial comments to a half-dozen local Republican candidates in attendance.

“There is something absolutely amazing going on across Virginia and this is no longer Republicans versus Democrats. This is Virginians coming together and standing up. We are no longer going to support this liberal agenda that’s trying to turn Virginia into California east…not here, no more.”.. (Excerpts from the Culpeper Star)

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Virginia | October 12, 2021

Virginia Dad Takes On the School Board

Virginia | October 12, 2021

Harry Jackson learns that educators don’t care what parents have to say.

Harry Jackson left the Fairfax County School Board meeting Thursday night feeling frustrated. The father of a Thomas Jefferson High School sophomore, he had signed up to address the board about sexually explicit material in the school library, including work he and other parents say normalizes pedophilia. But the list of speakers ended right before his two minutes at the mic.

A student who did speak that evening defended the contested material, saying “there is nothing that is inappropriate unless you go looking for it.” Mr. Jackson takes it as a backhanded admission. “I am glad to see we agree there’s pornographic material in the library,” he says.

Thomas Jefferson isn’t just any public school—U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 1 in the nation—and Mr. Jackson isn’t just any parent. Earlier this year, he was elected president of the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association, or PTSA. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a retired naval intelligence officer, he’s one of thousands of American parents taking on their school boards across the country.

Like many of those rallying outside Thursday night’s meeting, Mr. Jackson wore a T-shirt saying “Parents are not ‘domestic terrorists.’ ” It’s a reference to a Sept. 29 National School Boards Association letter asking President Biden to investigate threats or disruptions at school board meetings as a possible form of “domestic terrorism.” In response, Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. attorneys to look into the threats.

All this has transformed once-dull school board meetings into increasingly raucous encounters between parents and officials. On so many of the hot-button issues of the day—from mask mandates and lockdowns to critical race theory, transgender policy and racial preferences for admissions—the public schools have become the vanguard for today’s progressive agenda. But parents such as Mr. Jackson aren’t taking it any more, and they show no sign of relenting…. (Excerpts from Wall Street Journal)

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Virginia | September 30, 2021

Candidate for guv throws parents under the bus

Virginia | September 30, 2021

During a recent debate between Democrat Terry McAuliffe (pictured) – who was governor from 2014-2018 – and Republican Glenn Youngkin – a political newcomer who is pro-life – the question of the role parents have in what their children are being taught in schools came up. McAuliffe was quite blunt in his remarks:

McAuliffe: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Presumably he includes in his comment sex education curriculum which often is graphic and promotes promiscuity and abortion.

Olivia Turner of the Virginia Society for Human Life tells AFN that current Governor Ralph Northam (D) established a web page instructing youngsters how to obtain abortions and circumvent parental notification. According to Turner that’s right along the lines of McAuliffe’s thinking as well…. (Excerpts from American Family News)

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Virginia | September 15, 2021

Judge to hear motions on recall of school board member Barts Oct. 5

Virginia | September 15, 2021

Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Jeanette A. Irby on Wednesday afternoon scheduled for Oct. 5 a pre-trial hearing on motions for a case concerning a petition to recall School Board member Beth Barts. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Circuit Court Judge Stephen E. Sincavage recused himself from the case on Monday and rescheduled the matter for Wednesday because he has connections with Loudoun County Public Schools, and his partiality, he said, would be reasonably questioned…. (Excerpts from Loudoun Times)

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Virginia | September 15, 2021

Loudoun County Public Schools attacked in new TV commercial

Virginia | September 15, 2021

The Free to Learn Coalition, an educational advocacy group, took aim at Loudoun County Public Schools in a new television ad that aired during the second half of the Washington Football Team’s Sunday afternoon game, taking issue with recent actions taken by the School Board.

A spokesperson told the Times-Mirror the ad is the latest installment in a multi-million-dollar effort launched in June which included an ad targeting Fairfax County public schools for pushing what the the group described as a political agenda.

“Whether it be targeted efforts to silence dissenting parents or the push to turn teachers into informants, the Loudoun County Public School system has prioritized political activism above all else,” said Alleigh Marré, president of The Free to Learn Coalition, in a prepared statement…. (Excerpts from the Loudoun Times)

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Virginia | August 20, 2021

George Mason University Grants Professor Exemption From COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate After Lawsuit Filed

Virginia | August 20, 2021

George Mason University has granted a medical exemption from its COVID-19 vaccination mandate to Todd Zywicki, a professor at the university’s Antonin Scalia Law School who filed a lawsuit against the mandate two weeks ago.

In a statement, the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), serving as legal counsel for Zywicki in the lawsuit, announced the update on Aug. 17.

Zywicki filed suit against the university over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in early August, claiming that he has fully recovered from the disease, and vaccination is unnecessary and potentially risky for him.

Zywicki gained national attention because he wrote an op-ed about his case, which was published in The Wall Street Journal. In the piece, he cited a March 2021 study that suggests that COVID-19 survivors are more likely to experience severe side effects from vaccination than those who have never been infected…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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