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Update: Virginia Delays Implementation of Anti-Trans School Policies

Sean McDonough

Sean McDonough is a student at Harvard Law School and a member of the Labor and Employment Lab.

In a temporary victory for Virginia educators and students, Virginia’s Department of Education delayed implementation of their “2022 Model Policies on the Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia’s Public Schools” until November 26, at the earliest. The policies, which OnLabor discussed in more detail here and which were originally scheduled to take effect on October 27, would have banned trans students from using the public bathrooms associated with their gender identity and would have forced educators to deadname and misgender trans students from nonaffirming homes. After opposition from the Virginia Education Association, local school boards, and students across Virginia, the policies received more than 71,000 public comments, and implementation is now delayed while the Department of Education reviews those comments. Despite the fierce opposition from members of school communities, Gov. Glenn Youngkin continued to tout the policies at a rally after the delay was announced, saying he still expects to implement them.

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