Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) argued during a press conference that the government needed to stay outside of children’s education and he pushed for the reintroduction of the “Parents Bill of Rights Act.”
As he argued, regardless of the state someone is in, their race, or wealth level, when people become parents those children are “the most important thing in your life.” He proceeded to call education the “great equalizer.”
McCarthy, along with many other House Republicans, including House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), have been pushing for the reintroduction of the bill, which has 73 Republican co-sponsors.
As McCarthy has argued, the bill is created on the basis of “five pillars:” the right to know what’s being taught in the school; for parents to be heard; the right to see the school budgets; the right to protect your child’s privacy; and the right to be updated on any violent activity at the school. He added that parents needed to be empowered and feel like they had “a say” in the education their children were getting.
The House Speaker also pointed out that lately parents have been attacked following the addition of controversial curricula in schools.
Stefanik, who recently became a mother, similarly said that being a parent is a completely life-changing experience and that it is important for people in Congress to stand up for American families and children. When Stefanik was first elected to Congress she joined the Education and Workforce Committee.