McCarthy makes good on parental rights platform with House passage of legislation

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Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, right, with Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks about proposed legislation dubbed the “Parents Bill of Rights,” Wednesday, March 1, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin/AP

McCarthy makes good on parental rights platform with House passage of legislation

The House of Representatives passed the Parents Bill of Rights Act on Friday, advancing a key legislative priority of the chamber’s Republican majority.

The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), passed in a 213-208 vote, with no Democratic support.

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The legislation would require all public school districts to disclose their curriculum materials to parents, mandate parental consent for participation in student surveys, and prohibit schools from selling student information “for commercial or financial gain.”

The bill is one of the top priorities of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and was introduced as H.R. 5 to commemorate the age of students when they begin kindergarten.

“We believe parents should be able to know when your children is learning, know [how] your tax dollars are being spent, and whether your child is safe in school,” McCarthy said ahead of the vote. “And that’s exactly what the Parents Bill of Rights does.”

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House Democrats were unanimously opposed to the legislation, labeling it the “politics over parents act” in floor speeches on Thursday.

The legislation now heads to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely to advance.

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