(ConservativeSense.com) – New legislation giving parents more control over public school curriculum was passed on Friday by House Republicans. Although the GOP controls the House, Democrats still dominate the Senate and the bill has little chance of passing there. Critics are calling the legislation dangerous, saying it will inspire a far-right campaign to ban books and impose restrictions targeting students who identify as LGBTQ.
The Parents’ Bill of Rights Act narrowly passed the House, with not a single Democrat voting in favor of it and five Republicans voting against it. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made the legislation one of his major priorities as Republicans have promised, and said they were keeping that promise and their “commitment to America, that parents will have a say in their kids’ education.”
The bill requires public schools to publish their course studies; a list of books contained in the school libraries; and grants parents the unimpeded ability to meet with educators, speak at board meetings, and to be able to examine where the money in school budgets is going.
Democrat Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, said the bill proves that House Republicans are controlled by “hard right MAGA ideologues” and vowed that it would face a “dead end” on the Senate floor. Democrats derided the bill as the “Politics over Parents Act,” believing it’s pushing the views of a vocal minority in order to police public school classrooms.
Whether or not LGBTQ-related subjects and critical race theory (CRT), commonly grouped together under the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) curriculum, should be taught in schools has become one of the most contentious subjects in the country.
Just last week, Project Veritas exposed a New York superintendent on hidden camera admitting he was “covertly” pushing DEI curriculum in public schools, which resulted in a heavy backlash by parents at school board meetings.
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