Public Comments for: HB1068 - Public elementary and secondary schools; curricula and instruction.
Last Name: LMiller Locality: Fairfax County

I support displaying decals with "In God We Trust" and "One Nation Under God" on buses. If we remove God, we give power to grant and take away rights to people and the Government , and that would be a tyrannical disaster. Our wise and selfless founding fathers understood the necessity of putting us all equal under God, of all having rights bestowed to us from God, and to put our Government in the limited role of ensuring those rights are protected and to further limit it by design of three equal branches and a republic representative format. This is why our nation is the most free and prosperous and good. It us our sovereign duty to keep it this way for our future generations.

Last Name: LMiller Locality: Fairfax County

I support HB1068. Below are four major arguments that address why Divisiveness should not be in our public schools and why public Schools should lose their Federal and State tax funding for this theory, School Board Members should also not allow Divisiveness into our schools or resign. (1) Divisiveness based on race, religion, etc.. is anti-American because it is a postmodern theoretical framework rooted in Marxist principles that views individuals through the lens of the oppressed or the oppressor, based largely on their skin color. This violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the American ideal of being judged by the content of character and not the color of our skin. (2) America is the least racist and divisive: https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2020/09/29/no-the-united-states-is-not-systemically-racist-n2577097 (3) Divisiveness is purposefully a bottomless blackhole dividing and sucking us all into its destructive devices. = https://newdiscourses.com/2020/06/reasons-critical-race-theory-terrible-dealing-racism/ (4) American Foundational Documents are the opposite of systemic racism or Divisiveness = "We must first understand the two great documents that have made America “the land of the free.” The United States became a nation in 1776 through the Declaration of Independence, which announced to the world that we were no longer part of the British kingdom. The Declaration says that all people are “created equal” and are born with certain God-given rights, including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It also states that we have the right to organize whatever form of government we believe will best protect us and our freedoms. To accomplish this, the American people adopted the Constitution of the United States. Building on the foundation principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution went into effect in 1789 as a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It was a new kind of government, one that had never before been tried. It limited, divided, and balanced authority between the states and the three branches of the federal government so that no person or group would have enough power to trample on the people’s rights. For more than two hundred years America has been viewed as the home of liberty by many nations of the world. Our constitutional system has been called “the great engine of freedom.” = https://nccs.net/blogs/americas-founding-documents/americas-founding-documents Bring back honest, open dialogue, and critical thinking into our public schools and get rid of divisive, destructive, and biased theories. Defund all public funds from all schools who implement or promote Divisiveness. The billions of dollars and the full time propaganda and activist army it pays to implement it competes against everyday innocent working Americans. It's an unfair battle, and it needs to stop. The money behind it needs to be pulled. And its public funding needs to be stopped now. Divisiveness is at TJHSST on June 7, 2020, 8:45pm, TJHSST Principal Ann Bonitatibus to TJHSST Students and Families at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/bulletins/28f8d9f ;   And shared beyond TJHSST community: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/jun/09/opinion-letter-editor-call-action-tjhsst-principal/  For your information on the origins of Divisiveness: https://twitter.com/i/status/1356986211018096650 .

Last Name: Watkins Locality: Reston

To Whom It May Concern, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on HB 1034. As a public high school school teacher and parent of two young children (ages 5 and 2) in Virginia, I have serious concerns that this bill will wind up doing more harm than good for the children of our state. I have worked in two different public school systems in Virginia over 13 years, and I have seen first hand how beneficial counseling services can be to a wide variety of students. If parents are allowed to prohibit their students from accessing counseling services in the school, these students may be cut off from not only critical mental health support, but but also the academic, career, and community support that school counselors and mental health team members provide. All members of a school mental health team must undergo rigorous education before obtaining their licenses, and as such they should be trusted as the professionals they are to provide only services that they deem necessary for students well-being. I strongly urge you to let the trained mental health professionals do their jobs. Don't make students get tied in the mire of adult squibbles. Thank you, Sara Watkins Mother Teacher Concerned Virginia Citizen

Last Name: Watkins Locality: Reston

To Whom It May Concern, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on HB HB1032. As a public high school school teacher and parent of two young children (ages 5 and 2) in Virginia, I have serious concerns that this bill will wind up doing more harm than good for the children of our state. As VA Senator Peterson said on January 27 of this year, regarding a similar bill, "I don't think we should be involved in micromanaging school libraries...The problem is that you’re going to sweep up books that you don’t intend to sweep up" (Matthew Barakat, abcnews.go.com). I strongly urge you to leave the books in the libraries for the kids. They deserve to have the opportunity to decide with their own parents and personal support systems what books to read. Thank you, Sara Watkins Mother Teacher Concerned Virginia Citizen

Last Name: Rice Locality: Ashburn

HB1032: How will this process be kept free from politics or personal biases of the people put on boards to select what books to keep? I don't believe it's possible to do so. A gentle reminder that groups that ban books tend to not be remembered as "the good guys". This would be no different. HB1036: The suggestion of this bill should be enough to get the delegate ejected from our state government. The lack of critical thinking skills required to still not believe we should be mitigating the ongoing pandemic is stunning. HB1068: This is a thinly veiled attempt to stop the teaching of important moments in our nations history that paint one particular set of political beliefs in a bad light. This bill is written in bad faith and should not be passed. HB1126: This is a purposeful attempt to turn the public against the "academics" (teachers) similar to what has been seen in countries as fascism was on the rise. Parents did not go to college for childhood development or education, and being a parent does not inherently make you more qualified to decide what materials children should learn. If parents want that level of control, there are private schools that they can spend the money on to receive it. Otherwise, they should leave it to the professionals. HB113: I honestly can't believe this needs to be said. The separation of church and state originated in this state. This should not need to be explained to government officials. Putting anything on government property relating to any religion should not be considered.

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