Virginia‘s Republican gubernatorial candidate said the current debates at school board meetings would help put him over the top in a race that is in a dead heat as early voting begins in the state.
‘Virgina parents deserve this. Our schools aren’t safe, Glenn Youngkin said during an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday.
‘Our schools are teaching our kids what to think as opposed to how to think. We’re going to go in on day one and re-establish excellence in schools.’
Youngkin attacked his opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, saying the Democrat was at odds with what parents want in Virginia, citing a recent incident where McAuliffe said, ‘I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.’
McAuliffe was responding to questions about banning books from school libraries parents had deemed inappropriate, the rights of transgender students, and the teaching of critical race theory, which he maintains isn’t being taught in Virginia.
But parents at school boards have insisted divisive racial concepts are being foisted on students, with the GOP contender seizing on that discontent. Both men are now polling at 46 per cent, with polling day scheduled for November 2.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, right, is now tied with Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s governor’s race
Youngkin vowed to ban critical race theory from schools and said he would open an investigation into the Loudoun County School Board, which has been marred in controversy over an alleged rape of a 15 year-old girl by a boy in a skirt in a high school bathroom.
The alleged attacker was then moved to another school, with the father of the girl who made the claims arrested after he tried to broach the subject at a Loudoun County School Board meeting.
Youngkin, who was trailing behind McAuliffe in August at 42 per cent to 47 per cent is now tied with opponent at 46 percent, according to the latest poll by the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The race is currently tied at 46 per cent after Youngkin gained support in recent months
The new poll indicates that a surge in support from independents is coming in for Youngkin, who now leads 48 percent to McAuliffe’s 39 per cent among independents.
Youngkin also leads among women 52 per cent to 38 per cent.
Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray told Fox News that Youngkin’s numbers jumped when he made school’s a key focus of his campaign.
‘McAuliffe’s sizable edge on handling Covid and his competitiveness on economic issues last month helped put him ahead in this race, but Youngkin has been able to change the terms of the debate, by using his opponent’s words on parental involvement in the school curriculum to shift voter attention on that issue,’ Murray explained.
‘Not only has this eaten away at the Democrat’s previous advantage on education policy, but it has also raised doubts about McAuliffe’s ability to handle the pandemic.’
At center of the debate is the Loudoun County School District, which has became the battle ground for the country’s culture war debating hot button issues such as CRT and transgender rights.
Parents in the Loudoun County School District protest teaching CRT in schools in June
The school quickly became a symbol for the national debate surrounding ‘woke teachings’ in public schools. Pictured, parent Shelley Slebrch leading protests inside the school
Parents also protested the school’s trans-inclusionary policies
In April, the county announced that they planned to allocate more then $6 million to ‘equity training’ which was met with strong opposition by some residents.
They claimed that training was part of a pro-CRT push which would lead to students seeing themselves as victims or oppressors, depending on their race.
Then over the summer, a rowdy school board meeting debating transgender rights ended in an arrest.
An elementary school teacher, Tanner Cross, sued the school system and was reinstated after he was suspended or refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns citing that it went against his religious beliefs.
Cross, a physical education teacher, was filmed sharing his beliefs at a meeting. He became a hero in conservative circles, and was also condemned as a bigot by online progressives.
Earlier this month an organization against critical race theory, spent half a million dollars on ads criticizing the Loudon County School Board.
Protests then reignited in September, when the school board voted 6-3 in favor of beginning a study into whether it would be appropriate to give reparations to black people after it previously ignored a landmark desegregation ruling.
The school board then faced another incident when it was revealed that a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped in the girls’ bathroom by a ‘boy wearing a skirt.’
That boy was moved to another school, where he is said to have carried out a second sex attack in October. The youngster is now in custody, amid an uproar over how he was allowed to allegedly offend again.
Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler apologized on Friday for failing to provide a ‘safe’ environment for students
Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after the June 22 meeting where Ziegler allegedly lied. He said he was trying to contain himself after listening to school board staff say they’d never had a report of a sexual assault in a bathroom, when that is what his daughter reported weeks earlier
Superintendent Scott Ziegler formally apologized for the incident last week but did not resign despite calls for him to do so.
He had mad ‘misleading’ claims in June 22 when he told a crowded meeting that there had been no sex assaults on campus by transgender kids, and that predatory transgender people ‘do not exist,’ despite the alleged incident taking place in May 28.
In that same meeting, Scott Smith, the father of the alleged victim, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after confronting Ziegler over his statement.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, right, has attacked Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s stance on school policy regarding CRT and trans rights
Youngkin has repeatedly attacked the Loudoun County School Board for its handling of the situation and said he would bring the FBI to fully investigate the board if he’s elected governor.
He added that the race in Virginia will serve as a message of where the US will be heading towards.
‘Terry McAuliffe wants government between parents and their children. On the ballot right now in November is the future of Virginia and of America,’ Youngkin said.