Education a top issue for Virginia governor’s race


The race for Virginia governor is tight with simply two weeks till Election Day.

VIRGINIA, USA — Polls present Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin are neck-and-neck within the race for Virginia governor. With simply two weeks till Election Day, schooling is proving to be a top issue for voters.

On Sunday, the deal with schooling might be seen in DC when a “We the Parents” rally was held exterior the US Department of Justice constructing.

Former Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz spoke on the occasion and instructed WUSA 9 that individuals like her have been turning into increasingly fed up with schooling leaders.

“What has occurred within the final 18 months is that a curtain has been pulled again,” she stated. “It’s all throughout the nation. People began actually taking note of what was taking place to their kids’s schooling.” 

The occasion centered on latest feedback from the National School Boards Association and US Attorney General Merrick Garland about investigating threats in opposition to faculty leaders and employees. 

Schultz talked about discussions about Critical Race Theory and the way some dad and mom have allegedly been unable to talk at native faculty board conferences because of the heated debates over controversial subjects.

“Time and time once more, I believe dad and mom are exhausted from being maligned, being mocked, being ignored,” she stated. “It is time that the individuals elected have to be listening to the native dad and mom and native taxpayers.”

The race for Virginia’s top state workplace comes after months of intense and emotional debate on subjects impacting kids and lecturers.

In Loudoun County, discussions about essential race idea and transgender pupil rights have drawn a whole lot of individuals in protest exterior the varsity board constructing.

The uproar got here after the Loudoun County School Board authorized Policy 8040, which requires lecturers and employees to check with transgender college students by their chosen pronoun, in August.

The county drew nationwide consideration after trainer Tanner Cross stated he wouldn’t name transgender college students by their chosen pronouns throughout a faculty board assembly.

In different areas, COVID-19 restrictions have provoked heated discussions.

Both masks and vaccine mandates have led to teams of lecturers and fogeys voicing opposition, together with in Spotsylvania County, the place some have proven as much as faculty board conferences with indicators in opposition to the measures.

On Sunday, Real Clear Politics information confirmed McAuliffe with a 2.2% common lead over Youngkin in state polls.

With the slim margin simply two weeks earlier than Election Day, a McAuliffe marketing campaign spokesman despatched a assertion to WUSA 9 highlighting how schooling is on the minds of many citizens. 

“Terry McAuliffe launched his campaign on his plan to give every Virginia child a world-class education,” he wrote. “Glenn Youngkin is running on a Trumpian plan that would gut funding for public education and lead to the loss of tens of thousands of teachers. While Terry will fight for our schools and children, Glenn Youngkin will always put Donald Trump first.”

Early voting has already began across the state.

Election Day is on Tuesday, November 2nd. 

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