Governor Glenn Youngkin in Virginia has, in fact, signed 11 executive actions on his Inauguration Day. These include those that ban critical race theory in public education, appointing an entire new parole board, ending mandates on masks in schools, and COVID-19 vaccines for state employees.
Governor Glenn Youngkin and Taking Important Steps
“In fact, since Day One, and we are going to work just like we promised,” said Governor Youngkin. “The important steps we are taking today begins the work of restoring excellence in education, plus make our communities safer, plus open Virginia for business and reinvigorate job growth, and plus make the government work for the people, and then not the other way around.”
Executive Orders and Ban on Critical Race Theory
Also, there are questions that do remain on whether the new governor has the authority to implement such changes with executive orders. This is specifically the ban on critical race theory. Plus, the new governor’s orders could also face legal challenges which prevent Youngkin from moving forward.
The first 11 executive actions he signed, Youngkin’s office laid out after being swearing into office on Saturday. There are orders which fulfill the promises the Republican political newcomer made while on the campaign trail.
Governor Glenn Youngkin: Day One Game Plan
“Also, My Day One Game Plan does also include 59 pieces of legislation and a package of more than a dozen budget amendments. I am working on those with General Assembly leaders. They include our efforts to double the standard deduction, eliminate the grocery tax, and end the tax on the first $40,000 in veteran retirement pay,” Youngkin added. “It’s a new day in Virginia. The work is only beginning.”
The use of divisive concepts, which include Critical Race Theory, and raising academic standards was the first one signing by Youngkin that would end this regarding public education. There is critical race theory, an academic framework that is based on the idea that racism is really systemic. Plus it is perpetuating in society. It was one of the main issues during the heated election cycle.
COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
Youngkin has also signed an order. It has rescinded the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state workers. This was put in place by former Governor Ralph Northam. The new governor also reversed a rule requiring public and private school students to wear masks, However, Northam’s office did say this week that any school board which does end its mask mandate. Plus violate a state law that passed last year. Moreover, it could be vulnerable to lawsuits.