House GOP Defends Parental Rights
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that strives to give parents more authority over their children’s educational decisions and greater involvement in school curriculum.
In a narrow 213 – 208 vote, the House approved the Parents Bill of Rights Act that would mandate school districts to post their curriculum online yearly for parents’ review. Regrettably, this bill coined by Democratic politicians as the “Politics over Parent’s Act” is expected not to pass in the Democrat controlled Senate.
The Parents Bill of Rights requires school districts to notify parents of any violence occurring on campus, give them a list of materials available in school libraries, allow them to comment on policy decisions, and host two in person teacher-parent meetings per year. As well, an amendment proposed by Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert requires school districts to alert parents if their child is sharing a bathroom, locker room or sports team with someone who is biologically different than them. It should be noted that the White House has expressed opposition to this bill because it believes it does not actually help parents support their children at school and puts LGBTQI+ students at risk while politicizing education.
In response, parents from across the country have made an effort to increase transparency and defend the rights of parents. For example, a group from Maine created a database of 82 s*xually explicit books found in the school district’s libraries while California had several parents compile a database of age-inappropriate content in district libraries.
Republican Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg stated: “My colleagues and I are committed to ensuring that parents always have a seat at the table when it comes to their child’s upbringing and education. Today, we kept a key promise made in the Commitment to America by passing the Parents Bill of Rights. This is a crucial step in fighting to increase transparency and defend the rights of parents.”
The Parents Bill of Rights reflects an overall pushback against school boards in order to give more power back into parental hands when it comes to educating children. The movement strives for increased transparency so that parents can trust what goes on inside their kids’ classrooms and access resources accordingly; ultimately allowing families more control over how they want their kids’ education handled without sacrificing privacy or safety concerns for certain members within these communities.