Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin had a busy first day in office on Saturday, signing 11 executive orders on issues ranging from critical race theory to vaccine mandates.
“It’s Day one, and we are going to work just like we promised,” Youngkin said in a press release, calling for an end to “the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.”
In his second order, he followed through on a campaign promise to parents by “empowering [them] in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing them to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.”
“In Virginia, it is clear under law that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions for their children’s upbringing, their education and their care…we’re providing them the ability to make the right decision for their child with regards to their child’s well-being,” Youngkin said in his first official interview as governor on Fox News.
Governor @GlennYoungkin: "Parents SHOULD have a say in what is taught in schools."
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His fourth executive order called for investigating the recent sexual assault case in Loudoun County.
“There is one fundamental tenet between government and those we serve, to keep them safe. And when it comes to our children, it is paramount that our school systems live up to that value. What we see here, strong, strong, strong evidence that in fact it was not only, not taken seriously, it was hidden, and so we have asked the attorney general to go to work. We are going to get full transparency to make sure we hold this school board accountable for the decisions that were made,” Youngkin said on Fox News. “I do believe there has been dereliction of duty so all actions in order to hold this school board accountable should be taken.”
Youngkin also signed executive orders to restore integrity and confidence in the Parole Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to combat human trafficking, to establish a commission to combat rising ant-semitism, to rescind the vaccine mandate for state employees and to declare Virginia “open for business,” the Daily Caller reports.
“What we heard from voters on November 2, from all voters, not Republican versus Democrats, but from Virginians, was that they are ready for a new way forward. We won the independent vote, we had droves of Democrats come across the aisle,” Youngkin said. “We won the Hispanic vote and the Asian vote. We had a greater percentage of the Black vote than any Republicans got in recent memory. What this demonstrates to me is that Virginians are ready for a new direction.”