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Virginia Teacher Training: Kids Don’t Need Permission To Change Their Names, Pronouns

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A Virginia school district training told educators that students do not need permission from parents to change their name, pronouns or gender identity, according to screenshots of the training obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Fairfax County Public School teachers underwent training titled, “Supporting Gender-Expansive and Transgender Youth,” according to the Free Beacon. Teachers reportedly could not move through the training module unless they checked the “correct” boxes.

Questions from the training reportedly included, “Parent permission is required for which of the following?” Answers included, “A student requests that the teacher call him by his chosen name in his classes,” “A student requests to use the locker room that corresponds with her identified gender,” and “A student requests the use of a private bathroom.” The correct answer was reportedly “none of the above.”

Another question reportedly asked educators about updates to the “Student Information System” (SIS) and what abilities students will have access to. Correct answers included “change their name, without parent permission” and “identify as male, female, or non-binary.”

Fairfax County Public Schools has made a litany of changes to its rules and curriculum to acquiesce to leftist gender ideology. The district passed a new rule that could suspend or expel students who “maliciously” misgender or “deadname” a transgender peer.

A district committee also recommended that students begin learning about gender identity in sex education curricula beginning in fourth grade. (RELATED: Fairfax County Public School Committee Recommends Including Gender Identity Curriculum In Elementary Schools)

The push for equity comes as Virginia public school students are failing to hit basic proficiency standards, according to a report from the state’s Department of Education. The report found that education gaps exist in all aspects of K-12 learning, and only 33% of Virginia eighth-graders and 38% of fourth-graders are proficient in reading as of 2019.

Fairfax County Public Schools did not respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.