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Parents Know Better than the Federal Government

December 1, 2021
Weekly Columns

Parents are the primary stakeholders in their child’s education. They know their children best, and their involvement should be encouraged because they are the people who ultimately lay the foundation and pave the pathway of their child’s life. 

Instead, in October, the Biden Administration reprimanded parents who expressed their concerns about what is included in the public education curriculum.  After Biden received a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA) asking him to treat parent protests at school board meetings as possible acts of “domestic terrorism,” he politized the Department of Justice. Attorney General Merrick Garland from the DOJ requested that the FBI investigate instances of intimidation or violence that occur at school board meetings. 

I oppose individuals calling for any sort of aggression toward others, but there was no evidence to show there were threats, acts of violence, or hate crimes, as the NSBA claimed. The news stories that the NSBA referenced did not come close to substantiating those accusations. It was simply frustrated parents demonstrating their First Amendment right to assemble, and the action by the DOJ is an attempt to silence parental concerns about their children’s education. They were deeply concerned -- as they had every right to be when their child’sintellectualdevelopment is at stake. 

This serves as a recent example of Democrats’ effort to have the federal government control every aspect of American life. It was a complete misuse of federal law enforcement authority, and a violation of what our country stands for in the Constitution. In American democracy, we do not refer to ideological opposition as “extremists” or “domestic terrorists.” Instead, we welcome peaceful and passionate expressions of concern. Every parent has the right to inquire and advocate for their children, especially when the school system does not meet their expectations or supports biased ideologies instead of historical facts. 

It is our job in Congress to take action when these injustices occur. This week, the Parents Bill of Rights Act will be introduced, and I am proud to be a cosponsor of this importantlegislation. This bill will directly address the issues of school districts ignoring the wishes of parents and special interest groups criminalizing free speech. It contains five main parental rights that will make it clear to schools what their duties are to parents. 

These rights are:

  • The right to know what their children are being taught.
  • The right to be heard.
  • The right to see the school budget and spending.
  • The right to protect their child’s privacy.
  • The right to keep their children safe. 

Under each of these rules is an in-depth explanation of ways to increase transparency between schools and parents to ensure that the best interests of the child are met. 

Democrats continue to push parents away from what goes on in the classroom. Instead, we should encourage parental involvement because they have the potential to create the mostopportunities for their child. The Parents Bill of Rights Act is a great step in giving parents the reins of their children’s education.