School boards, local; standards for certain public school library materials, parental review. (HB1032)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patrons Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart), and Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Superintendent of Public Instruction and local school boards; standards for certain public school library materials; parental review of library and other educational materials. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop and distribute to each local school board and each such school board to enforce throughout the local school division mandatory statewide standards for evaluating, classifying, and removing from any public elementary or secondary school library any explicit material. The bill also permits the Office of the Attorney General to enforce compliance with such standards in any local school division. The bill also establishes means and processes for the review of education materials and the review and approval of library materials by parents, including requiring the parents of all students who attend a public elementary or secondary school to comprise the Parental Review and Approval Committee for such school and requiring such Committee to review and vote to approve or disapprove of each item on a list of proposed library materials distributed to it by the school. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2022Committee
01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103773D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/28/2022Assigned Education sub: Early Childhood/Innovation
02/02/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1032)
02/15/2022Left in Education

Comments

Dee Martworthy writes:

No books must be removed from publicly funded libraries based on the opinions of a few parents. Period.

Parents can choose what their children read in their own private homes. If there is a book which the parent objects to, it creates a teaching opportunity for that parent to express their values to their individual children.

No single parent should have the power to remove materials they don’t necessarily agree with.

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