(DailyVantage.com) – On Friday, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that would grant more authority to parents in the education system.
It would, in effect, keep parents in the know about what is being taught to their children, as well as what kind of materials they are being exposed to. Parents, for example, would have access to a publicly available list of books that will be on their child’s reading curriculum.
The bill, appropriately titled the “Parents Bill of Rights” narrowly passed the house with a vote of 213-208.
Some Freedom Caucus Republicans, however, voted alongside Democrats in opposing the legislation. Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Matt Rosendale (R-MT) voted against the pro-parents legislation
Representative Gaetz took to Twitter to explain his decision to oppose the Parents Bill of Rights: “From Wokeness to funding to bathrooms to Critical Race Theory, the federal government SHOULD NOT be involved in education.” He went on to say that, not only does he object to granting more powers to the Department of Education, but he is in favor of abolishing it, full stop.
Representative Rosendale echoed Gaetz’s sentiment on Friday, tweeting that “the answer to an out-of-control education system is not turning more control over to the federal government!”
Congressional Democrats, on the other hand, opposed the bill for very different reasons. Progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has no problems with expanding the scope of the federal government, called the bill an “attack” on “trans and LGBT” students. AOC was, of course, referring to the banning of books about gender expression and other related topics.
Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) fired back against AOC, saying that there was noting in the bill about banning books.
Now the bill moves to the Upper House where its chances appear to be bleak. It is, however, possible that more conservative Senate Democrats like Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT) will side with Republicans.
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