Senate Passes “Parents’ Bill of Rights”
All but one Senate Democrat voted against the bill which gives parents greater access to classroom instructional material
The “Parents’ Bill of Rights” enumerates and broadens the rights of parents in education, and brings transparency to classrooms
Sen. Ballard: “Schools shouldn’t be withholding information from parents”
Raleigh, N.C. — Today, the North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 755, known as the “Parents’ Bill of Rights.” The legislation supports a strong partnership between parents and educators and prioritizes the safety of students. Only one Senate Democrat voted to support the bill.
“We know that children perform better in school when their parents are involved in their education. By allowing parents to review instructional materials like textbooks, parents can take a more active role in their child’s education,” Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga) said. “Schools shouldn’t be withholding information from parents about their child’s well-being. This bill establishes transparency as the new norm in education.”
The “Parents’ Bill of Rights” includes several measures that broaden the rights of parents in education. The bill:
- Provides a pathway for parents to request materials related to in-class instruction.
- Notifies parents of the health services offered at their child’s school at the beginning of each school year.
- Notifies parents of changes in the name or pronoun used by their child at school.
- Notifies parents of any changes in services or monitoring of their child’s mental, emotional, or physical health.
- Prohibits instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity as a part of the curriculum in kindergarten through third grade.
- Informs parents of their legal rights and responsibilities relating to their child’s education.
Despite the obvious benefits, and support from the public, almost every single Senate Democrat chose to vote against parents and students. While Democrats claim to support parents’ rights, that is nothing more than lip service. Republicans remain dedicated to fighting for parental involvement in education, including school choice.
The “Parents’ Bill of Rights” now goes to the North Carolina House of Representatives for consideration.