State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant authored the bill, which requires the state’s Department of Education to develop policies that ensure parents are notified when their children are taught sexually explicit material. Local school boards are required to adopt the policy by Jan. 1, 2023, at the latest, according to the bill.
The bill notably allows parents to “review instructional materials that includes sexually explicit content” and provide “non-explicit instructional material” as an alternative for their child if they feel inclined. Provisions of the bill are only applicable to in-classroom material and cannot be used “for the censoring of books in public elementary and secondary schools.”
Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who campaigned against Youngkin, vetoed a similar bill under his administration, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.