If you’ve been watching the news lately you’ve seen the FBI investigating parents for being too vocal at school board meetings. You’ve seen the National School Board Association claim that parents who get too loud are terrorists. After huge pushback across the nation they apologized (https://noahwebstereducationalfoundation.org/nsba-apologizes-for-calling-parents-domestic-terrorists/). That doesn’t mean anything has changed. Parents who disagree with school board and district actions have every right to be heard.
Today’s article comes from Townhall and Landon Mion. Give it a read at their site or scan through it below. In any case if you have had local situations where your rights have been ignored or abused please contact us so we can share your story with others.
Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a bill Tuesday to protect the rights of parents in education, which would include parents having the right to access their child’s school curriculum.
The Parents’ Bill of Rights Act outlines eight parental “rights” regarding their child’s education that, if restricted, would allow parents to sue federally funded schools.
Schools would be required to disclose information about curriculum, outside groups the school has signed contracts with and reported incidents that could affect their child’s safety. The bill would also make it to where extracurricular activities and field trips require a parental opt-in standard rather than the current opt-out one.
It also states that school board meetings about “curricula, safety, and other student issues” must be held in public and allow for public comments.
“America has long recognized the right of parents to direct their children’s education but we are now seeing a concerted effort by the Left to shut parents out,” Hawley said in a press release.
“Whether it’s Joe Biden’s Justice Department attempting to classify parents as ‘domestic terrorists’ or activists funded by dark money who seek to quietly introduce critical race theory into school curricula, education has taken a back seat to radical politics in many schools and parents are taking notice,” he continued. “It’s time to give control back to parents, not woke bureaucrats, and empower them to start a new era of openness in education.”
This comes after the National School Boards Association sent a letter to the White House in September asking for federal assistance to deal with “threats” posed to school officials by parents expressing concern over school policies such as mask mandates and the teaching of critical race theory that the organization said could be likened to “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
Want your rights to speak and be heard protected? Contact your state and federal representatives and demand they support Senator Hawley.