Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) signed 11 executive actions on his first day in office, designed to address issues in education, COVID-19 and the economy.
Youngkin’s first order outlawed the teaching of “divisive concepts” like critical race theory in the state. He also ordered schools to allow parents to opt out of mask-wearing for their kids.
He also rescinded the vaccine mandate for state employees and ordered an investigation of the Loudoun County school board, which allegedly covered up the rape of a student in order to pass a transgender rights bill.
Many of the actions fulfilled campaign promises Youngkin made, and which helped him get elected over longtime politician and advisor Terry McCauliffe.
State police reported that over 8,000 people attended the swearing in of Youngkin, Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears (R) and Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) on Saturday.
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