InfluenceWatch Podcast #202: Virginia’s Education Deep State

Elections have consequences, as the country learned last year when the Biden administration took office and as Virginians are learning now that Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin has taken office to replace Democrat Ralph Northam. Youngkin’s election against the partisan alignment of the increasingly Democratic state has been credited to his emphasis on parental power in education—and his opponent, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, having said in a debate “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

And in keeping with his election message, Gov. Youngkin issued a series of executive orders that banned the teaching of “divisive concepts” like critical race theory and affirmed parents “fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care of their children.” Joining me to discuss the fundamental shifts in Virginia education policy is Nicole Neily of Parents Defending Education.

Michael Watson

Michael is Research Director for Capital Research Center and serves as the managing editor for InfluenceWatch. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he previously worked for a…
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