Parents Bill of Rights
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 17, 2021
Over the past nearly two years, we have seen a troubling trend take root in the Democrat Party. Their elected officials want to take power away from parents and hand over more control to politicians and teachers unions to dictate what our children should be taught in classrooms.
We saw it when school districts, especially those in blue areas of the country, worked to keep our schools closed for months on end despite the evidence showing they could open safely. We saw it when President Biden’s Department of Justice targeted parents at school board meetings at the behest of an interest group that labeled concerned parents as “domestic terrorists.” And we saw it when a prominent official in the Democrat Party suggested that parents shouldn’t have a say in their kids’ education.
House Republicans understand that not only do parents matter, but their involvement is critical to a child’s academic success. That is why today, Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC), House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN), officially rolled out a Parents Bill of Rights to ensure parents have the influence and transparency they deserve.
The Members stated: “Earlier this month, Virginia parents delivered a political shockwave that was felt across the country. They sent a clear mandate that parents must have a seat at the table when it comes to their students’ education. This is the same sentiment from 8 in 10 parents polled nationally who want to have influence over what is taught in K-12 classrooms. House Republicans heard that message loud and clear.
“Our Parents Bill of Rights will protect parental involvement by reinforcing their right to be heard, their right to see curriculums, and their right to be updated on any violent activity that happens on their children’s campus. America’s parents should never be made to feel powerless – they should be empowered and protected when it comes to having an influence in their own children’s education. We are proud that we have an opportunity to stand with families and demonstrate through our policies and actions that the Republican Party is the Party of Parents and Education.”
The main principles of the legislation are included below, and the full text can be viewed here. One-page summary is available here.