Numerous congressmen have joined together to introduce the “Parents Bill of Rights” to ensure that parents’ rights are protected in today’s public education system.
According to a press release from Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, the Parents Bill of Rights would ensure that parents have the following rights nationwide:
- Right to know what’s being taught in schools and to see reading material.
- Right to be heard.
- Right to see school budget and spending.
- Right to protect their child’s privacy.
- Right to be updated on any violent activity at school.
The bill (HR 5) was introduced on March 1, 2023 and was cosponsored by dozens of congressmen. The bill’s purpose is “to ensure the rights of parents are honored and protected in the Nation’s public schools.”
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In a press conference announcing the legislation, Speaker McCarthy cited the instance last year when the Department of Justice, at the behest of the National School Boards Association, announced an investigation of parents who spoke out at school board meetings, calling them acts of “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
“So many times across this nation, we found that parents were attacked, called terrorists, that they simply wanted to go to the school board meeting to be heard about what’s going on [and have] the right to see the school budgets and how they spend their money,” the speaker pointed out.
Various school district have been caught withholding critical information about students from their parents.
One such example occurred late last year when the Eau Claire Area School District adopted “transgender” policies directing teachers, counselors and administrators to work with students to change their “gender identity,” all without any involvement from their parents.
Clearly, parents’ rights need to be reinforced and protected around the country, and HR 5 is a manifestation of that.
It’s extremely important for parents to be intensely involved in their children’s education. Parents must be aware of what their children are learning in school.
If you’re worried about what your child is being taught in school, check out the following resource from Focus on the Family: Back to School for Parents: A busy parent’s guide to what’s happening in your children’s classrooms and practical steps you can take to protect them.
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