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Virginia ACLU: Attorney General Jason Miyares’ Non-Binding Opinion on VDOE Model Policies Misinterprets But Does Not Change the Law

"Miyares’ opinion defending the policies is every bit as cruel and misguided as the policies themselves."

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See below for a press release from the Virginia ACLU on the latest idiocy by Gov. Glenn Youngkin and his lapdog Attorney General, Jason Miyares. The bottom line:

“But like all attorney general opinions, today’s is only advisory, not binding: Virginia courts are not required to follow it. School boards continue to have an obligation to create safe, inclusive school environments for all students in compliance with state and federal law. 

Bingo.

BTW, Sen. Scott Surovell – who is an INFINITELY better/smarter attorney than Miyares, by the way – explains that newspaper headlines on Miyares’ opinion today really should read something like, “AG Always Finds Everything Governor Does is Legal While Multiple Courts and Other Experts Hold Otherwise.” And, Sen. Surovell adds, “This is the AG whose opinion about earned sentence credits was just reversed by the Sup. Ct. of VA, has been repeatedly overturned on FOIA & said our law naming the Dir. of Diversity, EQUITY & Inclusion could be ignored, right?” So…yeah, that’s what we’re dealing with when it comes to Jason Miyares…the biggest downgrade in Virginia history in that office, from the superb/brilliant Mark Herring to this guy.

P.S. Thanks to the VA Teen Dems for the cover image on this post!

AG MIYARES’ NON-BINDING OPINION ON VDOE MODEL POLICIES MISINTERPRETS BUT DOES NOT CHANGE THE LAW

RICHMOND, Va. – In response to Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares’ opinion on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) model policies for the treatment of transgender and nonbinary students, ACLU of Virginia Legal Director Eden Heilman issued the following statement: 

“VDOE’s proposed model policies are part of a coordinated, national effort to erase transgender and nonbinary students from the classroom. At best, they invite discrimination; at worst, they require it. Attorney General Jason Miyares’ opinion defending the policies is every bit as cruel and misguided as the policies themselves.  

“But like all attorney general opinions, today’s is only advisory, not binding: Virginia courts are not required to follow it. School boards continue to have an obligation to create safe, inclusive school environments for all students in compliance with state and federal law. 

“The Youngkin administration should be ashamed for ignoring the record-breaking number of Virginians who submitted comments opposing these policies, and for continuing to play politics with young people’s lives rather than address the very real needs of Virginia’s education system.” 

P.S. See here for Miyares’ absurd opinion (like a**holes, everyone’s got one? LOL). and below for his office’s ridiculous memo to Glenn Youngkin (who requested the opinion):

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