Former Senator and Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue is hitting the campaign trail running with a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” that seeks to improve transparency between parents and schools amid the pandemic.
Modeled on a similar proposal introduced by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), the Bill of Rights gives parents increased access to information regarding safety procedures, funding, and curricula.
The proposal, which is largely a response to Republican criticism regarding school closures and the teaching of Critical Race Theory, requires schools to disclose exactly what is being taught to students and by whom – including guest speakers – and to notify parents of any violence or crime that takes place on campus.
“Education has taken a back seat to radical politics in many schools and parents are taking notice,” says Hawley. “It’s time to give control back to parents, not woke bureaucrats, and empower them to start a new era of openness in education.”
Perdue’s Bill of Rights would also allow parents to visit during school hours and make copies of classroom materials. Schools that fail to comply would be punished through lawsuits (from parents) or funding cuts (from the federal government).
“The woke left is making a sustained effort to shut parents out of schools, and we need to fight back. Our kids’ futures are at stake in this election. Schools have shut down, and kids have fallen further and further behind on our current governor’s watch,” argues Perdue. “A Parents’ Bill of Rights will create more transparency in our school systems and empower parents to be involved in their children’s education. What’s being taught in our schools should not be a secret.”
If Perdue defeats incumbent Brian Kemp (R) in the primary election, he is expected to face off against Stacey Abrams (D) – a former minority leader of Georgia’s House of Representatives who like other Democrats is pushing to overhaul voting laws.