Glenn Youngkin Plays the Education Hits Ahead of Virginia Elections

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks at the grand opening of Amazon HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia, on June 15, 2023. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Youngkin the Education Reformer Rides Again

LEESBURG, Virginia—Gov. Glenn Youngkin has returned to the campaign trail with an ambitious effort to lead a Republican takeover of the Virginia General Assembly that, if successful, could cement his position as a future White House contender. And he’s focusing on an issue that carried him to an unlikely victory two years ago: education.

“Children belong to the parents and not the state—and we know that,” Youngkin tells a cheering, standing room-only crowd of approximately 500 grassroots conservatives who gathered Tuesday to hear the governor’s further plans for public education reform. 

The comment comes during a signature, “Parents Matter” town hall meeting, one of half-dozen or so Youngkin has hosted across the commonwealth to boost Republicans running in targeted districts in the November 7 off-year legislative elections.

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