A new Fox News poll finds that a strong majority of Virginia parents say that parents should tell schools what to teach their children amid high-profile controversies over transgender policies and critical race theory in Virginia schools.
The poll comes just two weeks after Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe – who served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018 – said he opposes the notion of parents telling schools what they should teach.
When asked by Fox pollsters, “Do you believe parents should — or should not — be telling schools what to teach?” 57% of Virginia parents and 50% of likely voters told Fox News that parents should tell schools what to teach. Only 34% of parents, and 40% of likely voters, said parents “should not” tell schools what to teach.
“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” the former governor said during a September debate against his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Youngkin has seized on the comments, launching a “Parents Matter” initiative rallying parents across