Glenn Youngkin (R), the new governor of Virginia, is starting his term off with a bang.
The Washington Examiner reports that, directly after being sworn in, Youngkin signed a “slew of executive orders” taking direct aim at the left’s agenda.
Youngkin follows through
During the consequential race between Youngkin and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, education took center stage.
McAuliffe became the advocate for the left’s education agenda, which includes Critical Race Theory (CRT), and at one point even had the audacity to say that parents shouldn’t really have much of a say in what their children are taught, which didn’t go over well with parents, to say the least.
Youngkin vigorously opposed McAuliffe on this issue, and exit polls suggested that Youngkin’s position on education was one of the issues that propelled him to victory over McAuliffe.
Now, as governor, Youngkin is turning his words into actions.
Out of the 11 executive orders that Youngkin signed upon being sworn in, reports indicate that almost half of them were education-related — specifically giving parents control of their children’s education.
Among Youngkin’s executive orders are ones that stop the teaching of CRT from being taught, and others that stop COVID-19 mask mandates from being implemented in the state’s public schools.
“Parents should have a say in what is taught in school because, in Virginia, parents have a fundamental right to make decisions with regards to their child’s upbringing, education, and care,” Youngkin said during his inaugural address. “To parents, I say we respect you. And we will empower you in the education of your children.”
Youngkin also issued an executive order calling for an investigation of “wrongdoing in Loudoun County.” That was a reference to the scandal that the Loudon County school board got embroiled in last year when it was accused of failing to address multiple sexual assault allegations that took place in its schools.
Besides the executive orders on education, Breitbart noted that Youngkin also issued executive orders looking “to jumpstart our economy by cutting job-killing regulations by 25 percent” and “to restore individual freedoms and personal privacy by rescinding the vaccine mandate for all state employees.” Here, Youngkin is taking aim, in particular, at the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on the state by former Gov. Ralph Northam (D).
Youngkin, with his executive orders, has made it clear that it is a new day in Virginia.