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Dems who denounce the “Parents Bill of Rights” as “fascism” and a “extreme” assault on schools fail to garner any support for it.

On Friday, the House voted to pass the Parents Bill of Rights Act despite protests from Democrats who claimed the measure was intended to advance Republican “extremism” and “fascism” by making it simpler for parents to forbid books and exclude LBGTQ+ children.

The GOP bill is a reaction to increasing unease about information access on a variety of topics, including school curricula, safety and mask regulations, and the pervasiveness of gender ideology and critical race theory in the classroom. The Biden administration’s Justice Department made an effort to look into the “disturbing trend” of violent threats against school officials as a result of parents’ outrage over these problems at school board meetings.

In response, House Republicans approved the Parents Bill of Rights Act, which mandates that school districts provide parents with access to the curriculum and recommended reading lists and that schools notify parents if staff members start supporting or pushing their child’s gender transition.

Only a few Republicans and all of the Democrats opposed the measure, which narrowly passed with a vote of 213-208 in favor.

Following the election of Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., earlier this year, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., converse on the floor. A Republican measure intended to give parents access to data about their children’s schools was unanimously rejected by Democrats. (Image credit: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images))

During this week’s debate, Democrats attacked the legislation by alleging that Republicans had attacked LGBTQ+ pupils.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, contended on the House floor that “this Republican bill is asking the government to force the outing of LGBT people before they are ready.” “When we discuss progressive values, I can state that freedom triumphs over fascism for me.”

Republicans countered that parents have a right to know what is going on with their children in school, particularly if the institution is encouraging gender transition covertly.

The bill, according to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., chair of the Committee on Education & the Workforce, “does not address a student’s identity or statements, but is solely focused on notifying parents about actions taken by school personnel to act on a gender transition, such as changing pronouns or switching locker rooms.”

Parents are entitled to know “if a school employee or contractor acts to… change a minor child’s gender markers, pronouns, or preferred name; or… allow a child to change the child’s sex-based accommodations, including locker rooms or bathrooms,” according to the bill.

Republicans are attempting to make it simpler to forbid books from being read in schools, according to Democrats, who also claim that Republicans want to outlaw books on a variety of subjects nationwide.

Extreme MAGA Republicans, according to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, “don’t want the children of America to learn about the Holocaust.” They want to outlaw the novel Melissa, which in very personal terms describes the experience of a trans girl coming to terms with her identity.

“They want to introduce guns into schools for students in kindergarten and up, ban books, and bully members of the LGBTQ+ community. Their training goals are those, he continued.


Republicans responded by saying that while the measure does not ban books, it does grant parents access to and the ability to see a list of the books that are available in school libraries.

The aim of the wording, according to Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., is to ensure that parents are aware of sexually explicit books in school libraries, not to outright prohibit any books.

The books being attacked in some states and communities, according to Norman and others, are those that have explicit sexual material that is not suitable for all readers and is not a fundamental part of education. Books that discuss children who are “sexually active from the time I was six” or that contain “explicit images of oral sex” are two examples Norman gave.

Is this something you want your kids to hear, parents? Norman enquired. Parents, does this promote academic success and prepare the kid to compete in the twenty-first century?


The bill, which was approved by the House on Friday, would also grant parents the right to talk at school board meetings, notify them of any violent activity occurring at the school, and give them notice if there are plans to end gifted and talented programs for children.

Schools should “welcome and encourage that engagement and consider that feedback when making decisions,” according to the law.