Back in the 1960s, the push for parental rights over school standards was not led by white conservatives but by Black and Latino parents

A key issue underlying the 2023 Virginia election first drew statewide – and national – attention in a debate two years ago. During a 2021 Virginia gubernatorial debate, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe made a critical mistake that led to his defeat by GOP challenger Glenn Youngkin. Instead of acknowledging concerns that parents were having over school curriculum, McAuliffe dismissed them.