The Parents Bill of Rights

Mar 22, 2023
Education
Values

During the pandemic, school shutdowns turned parents like you and me into teachers overnight. We helped our kids solve math problems, conduct science experiments at the kitchen table, and work on their vocabulary. For the first time in a long time, we knew exactly what our kids were learning – and it wasn’t all good.

Radical ideas like Critical Race Theory to gender identity were injected into curriculums across the country. Some elected officials even tried to take power away from parents and hand over more control to teachers unions. What’s worse is that when concerned parents stood up in protest, they were labeled domestic terrorists by the Biden administration.

This trend is not only alarming, it’s dangerous. I firmly believe parents must have a say in their children’s education, which is why I fought hard to pass the Parents Bill of Rights in the House of Representatives this week. This bill guarantees the fundamental rights of every parent in this country.

  1. Right to know what their children are being taught

School districts must publicly post curriculum, books, and reading materials available in the school library. States must inform the public of any revisions to their academic standards of learning benchmarks.

  1. Right to be heard

Parents must be allowed to address the school board on issues impacting the education of children in the school district. Teachers must offer two in-person meetings with parents each year.

  1. Right to see the school budget and spending

There must be public disclosure of school district budgets and each school’s district budget, including revenues and expenditures.

  1. Right to protect their child’s privacy

School districts must not share student data with third parties. Parents must be informed when schools update privacy policies and procedures. Parents must consent before any medical exam takes place in school.

  1. Right to keep their children safe

Schools must notify parents of violent activity occurring on school grounds or at school-sponsored events while still protecting the privacy of students involved in the incident.

The bottom line is that parents know what’s best for their children. With everything going on in the world today, you need to have a say, and this bill will make sure you do.

Click here to read the Parents Bill of Rights.

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