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Letter: McAuliffe arrogance comes through in schools comment

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Editor: During the recent gubernatorial debate, Terry McAuliffe opined: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

His opponent, Glenn Youngkin, had just pointed out that Fairfax County parents were shocked and upset to learn the high-school library stocked sexually explicit material. Youngkin went on to remind the audience that then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe had vetoed a bill that would have informed parents that such explicit material was available in the school libraries.

McAuliffe’s attitude typifies the the high-handed arrogance so recently displayed by so many School Board members in Northern Virginia. Whether the issue be sexually explicit material in the library, misrepresenting the nation’s history, renaming schools or forcing preferred pronouns, School Board members scarcely tolerate parental input, and are anxious to squelch it.

I believe parents, and all taxpaying residents, have every right to expect public-school administrators to be considerate and responsive to the public’s concerns. If McAuliffe’s imperious attitude becomes policy for public schools, parents and taxpayers should demand the right to opt out of funding public schools and fund the schools of their choice.

Rosalind Sloan, Arlington

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