Proposal would recognize parental rights to children … even in schools!

By Bob Unruh

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., delivers the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Video screenshot)

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There’s a stunning statement in a newly proposed piece of legislation in Congress.

It’s that schools are for educating children, not “indoctrinating” them.

Those stunned likely will be the huge numbers of teachers and administrators across the American education industry who, in fact, are using public schools and tax money that funds them for that very purpose.

Many schools have adopted procedures requiring other student and teachers and parents to use the “proper” pronoun for both students and faculty, as part of the surging transgender ideology.

That could mean calling a young boy, or a middle-aged shop teacher, “she” should that person claim to be a girl, or woman.

Many schools even have policies that forbid teachers and administrators from telling parents when their own kids are “transitioning” from one sex to another in school.

But Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., now is proposing a solution to all of the disputes that have arisen on this issue.

According to a report in Decision magazine, his PROTECT Kids Act would “require elementary and middle schools that receive federal funds to obtain parental consent before changing a student’s gender markers, pronouns or preferred name on any school form.”

The report said the proposal, the “Parental Rights Over the Education and Care of Their Kids Act,” also would compel “schools to receive permission from parents before allowing a child to use sex-based accommodations, such as locker rooms and bathrooms, that do not align with the child’s biological sex.”

“Schools exist to educate children—not indoctrinate them,” said Scott in a statement. “A quality education requires input from those who know children best: their parents. Sadly, radical and secretive gender policies have shut parents out of the conversation and broken their trust. My bill will safeguard parental rights, improve the crucial relationship between parents and schools, and ensure that children can learn in an environment free from activist ideology.”

Cited is the 14th Amendment, as the U.S. Supreme Court already has determined means “parents have a fundamental right to direct the care, custody and control of their children.”

Scott’s plan is being supported by Parents Defending Education Action and Independent Women’s Voice but is not expected to pass this term in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Conservative lawmakers have indicated that if the bill fails this session, they will reintroduce the legislation in 2024, when it is expected by analysts that at least the U.S. House with be under the management and majority of the GOP.

Scott’s proposal states, “The law in the United States has long recognized the importance of parental rights. A parent’s right to oversee the care and education of their child is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Schools, when they impose secret gender transition plans on children, are “violating” those “fundamental rights.”

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