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US Youngkin's Education Revolution | Opinion

13:26  08 november  2021
13:26  08 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Glenn Youngkin: What to know about the GOP Virginia governor candidate

  Glenn Youngkin: What to know about the GOP Virginia governor candidate Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy 54-year-old Virginia former private equity executive, married father of four, and political newcomer is on the ballot to be Virginia's next governor on Nov. 2.Youngkin was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1966 to father Caroll Youngkin, an accountant and star basketball player at Duke University, and mother Ellis Youngkin, a teacher, author and nursing Ph.D. Youngkin grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach and was the star of his Norfolk High basketball team before graduating high school in 1985 and enrolling at Houston’s Rice University, where he studied engineering and played four years of Division 1 basketball.

Last week, Virginia elected Glenn Youngkin to serve as the commonwealth's next governor.

CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 02: Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin walks back to his election night watch party at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles on November 02, 2021 in Chantilly, Virginia. Virginians went to the polls Tuesday to vote in the gubernatorial race that pits Youngkin against Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 02: Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin walks back to his election night watch party at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles on November 02, 2021 in Chantilly, Virginia. Virginians went to the polls Tuesday to vote in the gubernatorial race that pits Youngkin against Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Tuesday's results reflected a clear rejection of Democrat Terry McAuliffe's position that parents should have no say in their children's education and that a teacher's race is more important in determining their qualifications than the results they empower students to achieve.

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Throughout this consequential gubernatorial race, a powerful special interest group emerged that defined the outcome of the election: parents. As a result of the pandemic, the accompanying shutdowns and transition to virtual learning, many students' development and learning greatly suffered.

Children in Virginia were no exception. According to the Virginia Department of Education, overall achievement declined 34 percent for third graders, 42 percent for seventh graders and 44 percent for eighth graders between the 2018-2019 school year and the 2020-2021 school year.

However, Virginia's education problems predate the pandemic. After years of failure and a lack of accountability in Virginia's schools, eighth graders in the commonwealth are the only students in the United States with "below basic" reading expectations. Just one-third of eighth graders in Virginia can read at the national standard level.

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  Is Critical Race Theory McAuliffe's Kryptonite? Democrats' Missteps Make It Hard to Tell It seemed the Virginia governor's contest would be a test for Republicans seeking to stoke concerns about CRT. But Democratic fumbling may define the race.It also has seemed that the race will serve as a test of whether the GOP's recent efforts to stoke concerns about critical race theory in schools could be used as a strategy to drive victories in the 2022 midterms. On the campaign trail, Republican Glenn Youngkin has attempted to channel anxieties over the issue—and other concerns among suburban school parents—to bolster support.

For too long in Virginia, expectations that schools should encourage students to achieve academic excellence have been discarded. According to an editorial by then-candidate Youngkin, "Starting during the McAuliffe administration and under Democrat-appointed Board of Education activists, school accreditation standards across the commonwealth were watered down so badly that the 88 schools that previously failed accreditation efforts actually passed."

Governor-elect Youngkin stood in opposition to this unacceptable trend jeopardizing our children's futures. Throughout his campaign, he presented pragmatic solutions to provide more opportunities for students, choices for parents and accountability for administrators.

Youngkin has promised to restore excellence in Virginia's schools. On day one, he has pledged to increase the education budget to invest in teachers, facilities and special education. Under Youngkin's plan, the education budget will grow to its highest point in Virginia's history.

Meet Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who might flip Virginia

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Furthermore, Youngkin's governorship will bring school choice to Virginia's public school system, giving more students and families options for and access to education that fits their needs. While neighboring states have hundreds of charter schools, Virginia has only eight. Youngkin's plan will open 20 new charter schools in Virginia, addressing a longstanding need for Virginia's families.

Additionally, Youngkin recognized the important role parents play in encouraging their children to achieve excellence in the classroom.

Students with parents who are involved in their education are more likely to achieve academic success and have a more positive attitude toward learning. According to the U.S. Department of Education, "When parents and families are involved in their children's schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school."

Furthermore, the Department of Education has emphasized that it is critical for parents to maintain "strong ties" to their children's schools to best ensure positive educational outcomes. It stated that parents and families "help our children to succeed by working with teachers to make sure that they provide curricula and use teaching methods that are based on strong scientific evidence about what works best in helping students to learn."

Glenn Youngkin makes final pitch to be Virginia's new governor

  Glenn Youngkin makes final pitch to be Virginia's new governor Yougkin promised Virginians in Loudoun County that he would ban critical race theory teachings in schools and that parents would have power over their children's educations.Youngkin, who holds less than a one percent lead over Democrat Terry McAuliffe, took the stage Monday night in the battleground county, which has been the state's epicenter of anger regarding school curricula and policies - in particular, the teaching of critical race theory and rules regarding transgender students.

The Youngkin campaign encouraged parental involvement in their children's education and firmly rejected the notion that government knows best.

As governor-elect Youngkin said in his victory speech on Tuesday night, "This is the spirit of Virginia coming together like never before. My fellow Virginians, this is our moment. It's our moment for parents, for grandparents, for aunts, uncles, for neighbors to change the future of our children's lives.... Together we can build a new day. A new day for Virginians, where, yes, we soar and never settle."

Education is at the core of ensuring a safe, prosperous and free future for Virginia and for America. Every child deserves an education that enables and encourages them to succeed in their careers and in their communities. The hope and promise for achieving that future was secured on Tuesday with the election of Glenn Youngkin as Virginia's next governor.

To read, hear, and watch more commentary by Ambassador Gingrich, visit Gingrich360.com.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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Ex-Carlyle Group CEO Glenn Youngkin won back the governorship in Virginia, the nation's top state for business in CNBC's 2021 rankings.As the soon-to-be 74th governor of the state, he has several ambitious business campaign promises to fulfill. Succeeding Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam while promising a departure from the current administration on economic policy, Youngkin will try to keep the momentum going for a state chosen as the best in the U.S. for business in CNBC's 2021 rankings.

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