Youngkin Targets CRT Curricula, School Mask Mandates in Day-One Flurry of Executive Orders

Immediately after being sworn in on Saturday, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed a spate of executive orders on issues ranging from the teaching of critical race theory to mask mandates in schools. 

Youngkin appeared on Fox News Sunday the following day to explain why he felt that addressing racialized curricula should be a day-one priority for his administration.

“There’s not a course called critical race theory,” Youngkin said during an appearance  “All of the principles of critical race theory, the fundamental building blocks of actually accusing one group of being oppressors and another of being oppressed, of actually burdening children today for sins of the past, for teaching our children to judge one another based on the color of their skin, yes, that does exist in Virginia schools today​,​ and that’s why I signed the executive order yesterday to make sure that we get it out of our schools​.”

A press release from Youngkin’s office said the order “delivers on his Day One promise to restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.”
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