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Glenn Youngkin sworn in as Virginia Governor, passes multiple day-one executive orders

On Saturday, Glenn Youngkin was sworn in as Virginia’s new governor, the first Republican to take the office since Bob McDonnell finished his term in 2014.

On Youngkin’s first day, he passed nine executive orders and two executive directives on a variety of key issues.

Youngkin has so far made several moves including banning Critical Race Theory from all the state’s public school, overturning mask mandates, and pledging an investigation into Loudoun County Public Schools after an alleged rape at a county high school.

He promised to “restore trust in government and to restore power to the people” after he was sworn into the office on Saturday. Youngkin then quickly put his pen to the paper to get his orders handed down. 

Among the new governor’s directives was framework to rescind the previously imposed mandate for all state employees. He added that parents also must be the primary decision makers regarding whether their children should wear a mask to school. Now, school districts will be able to recommend wearing a mask, but parents could elect not to follow the guideline.

“The way that Virginia works is that the governor cannot ban mask mandates. Schools make those decisions,” Youngkin explained. “We will in fact, then, also make sure that schools allow parents to exercise their rights for what’s best for their children, to opt-out of those mandates.” 

“Executive Order Number One delivers on [Youngkin’s] Day One promise to restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education,” read a press release from Youngkin’s office.

In November, the Youngkin-McAuliffe race took a turn following Youngkin’s pledge to ban CRT in state schools. “Our schools are teaching our kids what to think as opposed to how to think. We’re going to go in on day one and re-establish excellence in schools,” Youngkin said before the election in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: YAHOO NEWS

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