History Note: Back in 2016, Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have made Virginia the first state to allow parents to block their children from reading books in school that contain sexually explicit material.
The measure became known in the General Assembly as the “Beloved” bill because supporters have cited that seminal work of fiction by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as an example of a book too graphic for some students.
The legislation would have required K-12 teachers to identify classroom materials with “sexually explicit content” and notify parents, who would have been able to “opt-out” their children and request that the teacher give them an alternative assignment.
Not too much of a shock, Terry McAuliffe now says parents should not have authority over what schools teach their children. This came out during a debate Tuesday evening with challenger Glen Youngkin.