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Terry McAuliffe supporters at a rally for Virginia’s gubernatorial candidate stressed whether they believe parents should talk about what children are taught in school.

“Of course the voices of parents need to be heard,” a McAuliffe supporter and former teacher from Dumfries, Virginia, who attended the rally, which included Vice President Kamala Harris, told Granthshala News.

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McAuliffe, a Democrat and former Virginia governor, recently faced criticism for remarks she made against her rival Republican Glenn Youngkin during the final gubernatorial debate.

“I don’t think parents should tell schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe had said. He was responding to Youngkin, who argued that parents should be more involved in the decisions of local school districts.

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Many supporters of McAuliffe told Granthshala News that they felt both parents and schools should be involved in curriculum decisions.

“I’m a former teacher,” one woman told Granthshala News. “I think it’s a combination. I think [parents] Must be input.”

“I don’t think it’s only on the parents or only on the teachers,” she continued.

Another McAuliffe supporter agreed: “I think teachers should say, I think parents should say.”

Since the final debate, McAuliffe issued a campaign ad that appeared to back his statement, saying he had been taken out of context.

“I’ve always valued the concerns of parents,” McAuliffe said in the ad. “As parents, Dorothy and I have always been involved in our children’s education. We know that good schools depend on the parents involved.”

Other McAuliffe supporters felt that parents are already able to participate in schools’ decisions.

“In the public school system, you have the election of school board members and thus parental involvement,” one person told Granthshala News. “Also the appeal process parents can refer to the State Board of Education regarding the course content.”

A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday shows McAuliffe and Youngkin both with 46% of support among registered voters. The election is November 2.