The Republican lawmakers have introduced the Parents Bill of Rights, also known as H.R. 5, which aims to safeguard parental participation in their children’s education and ensure that parents have access to information about what is being taught in their kids’ schools. The introduction of this bill is a response to the revelation of controversial sexual education and gender identity lessons being included in the curriculum by various school districts across the country. Additionally, staff members have been accused of concealing information about student gender transitions from parents.
EVERY parent deserves:
•The right to know what’s being taught in schools & see reading materials.
•The right to be heard.
•The right to see school budgets & spending.
•The right to protect your child’s privacy.
•The right to be updated on any violent activity at school. pic.twitter.com/3lFFkqvLeS
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) March 1, 2023
On Wednesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and fellow House Republicans reintroduced a bill that outlines several parental rights. These include the right to access information about the school’s curriculum and reading materials, the right to express their opinions, the right to review the school’s budget and expenditures, the right to safeguard their child’s privacy, and the right to receive updates about any violent incidents occurring at school.
Honored to join @SpeakerMcCarthy and parents from across the country to discuss why we’re fighting to pass my bill, H.R. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights. pic.twitter.com/CwhymK8mZ8
— Congresswoman Julia Letlow (@RepJuliaLetlow) March 1, 2023
Parents have a right to know what is going on inside their child’s classroom.
House Republicans are laser-focused on putting parents back in the driver’s seat through our Parents’ Bill of Rights. pic.twitter.com/brZqo3cNE8
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) March 1, 2023
"the right to a list of the books and other reading materials contained in the library of their child’s school" – Sec. 104. Parents Right-to-Know, H.R.5 – the "Parents Bill of Rights Act" https://t.co/Jd807jqbvr pic.twitter.com/PLSv77D5Nl
— Zach Israel (@ZachBIsrael) March 2, 2023
During a gathering at the Capitol, parents recounted their experiences with online learning during the pandemic, which provided them with a glimpse into their children’s educational curriculum. They discovered that topics related to race and gender identity were being incorporated into their children’s lessons. Following the resumption of in-person learning, new challenges have emerged, such as concerns about transgender students’ access to school restrooms and mandates regarding face coverings.
Neeley McAllister, a mother, recounted that her daughter was suspended 11 times from Fairfax County public schools for not wearing a mask. This incident is an illustration of how progressive school districts are attempting to impose their own beliefs on both students and parents. Despite the New York Times’ recent acknowledgment that masks are largely ineffective, this mother’s daughter faced repeated suspensions for not wearing one. This instance is a distressing demonstration of how progressive school districts aim to exercise control over students and parents.
During a discussion, Nicole Solas, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, revealed that she faced a lawsuit from a teachers union when she began to investigate her kindergarten-aged child’s educational curriculum in Rhode Island. This instance is yet another illustration of how progressive school districts are attempting to suppress parents who are merely attempting to shield their children from contentious subjects being taught in school.
Scott Smith, another parent, gained widespread attention last year after he was forcibly removed from a Loudoun County school board meeting for speaking out about his daughter’s sexual assault by a male individual wearing a skirt in a girls’ school restroom. This instance is yet another illustration of how progressive school districts are failing to ensure the safety of students and instead attempting to impose their own beliefs on both students and parents.
According to New York Representative Elise Stefanik (R), a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, House Republicans will prioritize “putting parents back in control” of education moving forward. This is a crucial step towards safeguarding parental rights and ensuring that children are not subjected to contentious subjects that are unsuitable for school instruction.
It is clear that Republican lawmakers are taking a stand against liberal school districts that are trying to control students and parents alike. The Parents Bill of Rights is an important step in protecting parental rights and ensuring that parents have a say in what their children are learning in school. It is time for liberal school districts to stop pushing their own agenda on students and parents and start listening to what parents want for their children.