Posted on January 17, 2022

Youngkin’s Day-One Executive Orders Include Investigating Loudoun County Officials, CRT Ban

Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, January 16, 2022

Virginia’s newly sworn-in Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 11 executive actions on his first day in office, including ending the use of Critical Race Theory in schools, investigating officials’ alleged wrongdoing in Loudoun County, and allowing parents to decide if their children should wear masks in schools.


The governor signed nine executive orders that address the following issues:

  • To restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.
  • To empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.
  • To restore integrity and confidence in the Parole Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • To investigate wrongdoing in Loudoun County.
  • To make government work for Virginians by creating the Commonwealth Chief Transformation Officer.
  • To declare Virginia open for business.
  • To combat and prevent human trafficking and provide support to survivors.
  • To establish a commission to combat antisemitism.
  • To withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).


Critical Race Theory was also a key issue in the race with Youngkin responding to complaints about the controversial curriculum being embedded in Virginia schools by promising to remove it and give parents a larger say in what is taught to their children. Youngkin’s opponent, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, dismissed parent concerns {snip}