What is the Parents Bill of Rights and LGBTQ? A Guide for Parents and Educators

The Parents Bill of Rights is a legislation passed by the House of Representatives in March 2023, aiming to increase the transparency and accountability of public schools and to ensure the rights of parents are honored and protected.

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What is the Parents Bill of Rights | WARREN INSIGHTS

The bill was introduced by Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.) and supported by the House GOP, but opposed by the Democrats and the Biden administration.

It is unlikely to pass the Senate, where the Democrats have a majority.

What does the bill do?

The bill would require public schools to disclose the following information on a publicly available website or through other means:

  1. The types of books in classrooms and libraries
  2. The curriculum and lesson plans for each grade level
  3. How the school’s budget is spent
  4. If the academic standards change
  5. Any policies or practices related to transgender students, LGBTQ students, or students with disabilities
  6. Any surveys, assessments, or evaluations administered to students
  7. Any data collected on students and how it is used and protected

The bill would also give parents the right to:

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Parents Bill of Rights
  1. Review and opt out of any instructional materials, activities, or assessments that they find objectionable
  2. Access their children’s educational records and request corrections
  3. Participate in your child’s activities, events, and milestones (IEPs) or 504 plans
  4. Be notified of any disciplinary actions taken against their children and appeal them
  5. Be informed of any health or medical services provided to their children at school and consent or refuse them
  6. Be involved in the decision-making process regarding their children’s education and well-being

Why did the Republicans propose the bill?

The Republicans claim that the bill is a response to the growing concerns of parents over the content and quality of their children’s education, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of critical race theory and gender identity issues in schools.

They argue that parents deserve more say and control over what their children are taught and how they are treated in school.

Why did the Democrats oppose the bill?

The Democrats contend that the bill is a political stunt and a distraction from the real issues facing the education system.

They assert that the bill does nothing to improve parental engagement or student outcomes.

What are the implications of the bill?

The bill has sparked a heated debate over the role and rights of parents in public education.

It reflects the deep ideological and cultural divide between the Republicans and the Democrats.

The bill also raises questions about the balance between local and federal authority.

What are the next steps for the bill?

The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

It would need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and pass the Senate, which is unlikely given the current 50-50 split.

Finally, the bill has a slim chance of becoming law, unless the Republicans gain control of the Senate and the presidency in the next elections.

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