Education has become a hot political issue. Democrats have owned it for years, but after the last two years with battles over school closures and what is being taught in the classroom, it’s now up for grabs.
Republicans are trying to return power to parents, but the Democrats are beholden to the teacher unions and don’t want to relinquish any power.
Republicans are even trying to pass a parents’ bill of rights, but Democrats are blocking it.
House Democrats Block GOP Effort to Codify Parents’ Bill of Rights
Parental oversight of their kids’ education shouldn’t be a complicated or divisive issue, but — as statewide elections in Virginia last month showed — parents’ rights have become a partisan wedge as Democrats seek to keep America’s families from having a role in what their children are learning.
To preserve parents’ ability to keep tabs on what’s going on in schools and protect their ability to get critical information about the people to whom they entrust their children, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy drafted the Parents’ Bill of Rights with Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Julia Letlow (R-LA), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Jim Banks (R-IN).
The House GOP’s proposal is simple: Parents should have the right to review their school’s curriculum and reading materials, to be heard, to see school budget and spending, to protect their child’s privacy, and to be updated on any violent activity at school.
While the ideas in the Parents’ Bill of Rights are straightforward and seemingly common sense, Democrats don’t want such rights protected under federal law. So, House Republicans led by Rep. Letlow put Democrats’ opposition to parental rights into the congressional record.
Parents across the country want – and deserve – to be in charge of their family’s decisions. Great to meet with @RepJuliaLetlow to discuss her bill, the Parents Bill of Rights Act, which I cosponsored, to support parents and put kids first. pic.twitter.com/IrsVZ0fDaM
— Bryan Steil (@RepBryanSteil) December 2, 2021
Democrats are blocking this for one simple reason. Power.
If parents are empowered, it means teacher unions aren’t, and Democrats can’t have that.