A brand new Fox News poll finds that a robust majority of Virginia parents say that parents ought toinform faculties what to show their kids amid high-profile controversies over transgender insurance policies and significant race principle in Virginia faculties.

The poll comes simply two weeks after Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe – who served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018 – mentioned he opposes the notion of parents telling faculties what they need to train.

When requested by Fox pollsters, “Do you believe parents should — or should not — be telling schools what to teach?” 57% of Virginia parents and 50% of possible voters advised Fox News that parents ought to inform faculties what to show. Only 34% of parents, and 40% of possible voters, mentioned parents “should not” inform faculties what to show.

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“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” the previous governor mentioned throughout a September debate towards his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Youngkin has seized on the feedback, launching a “Parents Matter” initiative rallying parents throughout the state.

“McAuliffe wants to suppress and silence parents so his special interest allies can force their radical political agenda into classrooms and tell children what to think instead of teaching them how to think,” Youngkin marketing campaign spokesman Christian Martinez advised Fox News. “Virginia parents are supporting Glenn Youngkin because he listens to them, respects them, and will restore excellence to our schools, raise teacher pay, and invest in the largest education budget in Virginia history.”

McAuliffe told WTKR that parents shall be “very involved” in his schooling plans for Virginia.

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The schooling debate has reached a fever pitch in Northern Virginia the place parents have turned out in droves to precise issues about COVID-19 insurance policies, transgender insurance policies, and vital race principle, a framework which entails deconstructing facets of society to find “systemic racism” beneath the floor. Some parents have referred to as CRT divisive, claiming it encourages White college students to view themselves as oppressors.

Parents in Fairfax County and Loudoun County have spoken up at college board conferences, drawing nationwide consideration. Parents in each places have complained about sexually-explicit books in libraries, masks mandates for youngsters in college, and “equity” trainings that parents say inculcate CRT. 

Parents in each places have additionally protested Attorney General Merrick Garland’s directive to the FBI to research what the Justice Department referred to as a “disturbing trend” of “threats of violence” at college board conferences. 

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The Fox News poll discovered that Virginia possible voters who expressed help for Youngkin have been extra prone to help parents telling faculties what to show, at 79%, however that many McAuliffe supporters additionally expressed the identical opinion, at 25%. Self-described White Evangelical possible voters proved prone to help parental management over schooling, at 70%.

Conducted October 10-13, 2021 underneath the joint route of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R), the Fox News survey consists of interviews with 1,004 Virginia registered voters and 726 possible voters randomly chosen from a statewide voter file, who spoke with live interviewers on landlines and cellphones. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 for the possible voter pattern.