NEW JERSEY – Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space are continuing the fight to protect the rights of parents over the public education bureaucracy.
“Parents do not lose their rights as parents once their children start attending a public school,” said Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “After the outrageous new sex education curriculum the unelected State Board of Education is mandating, we need to empower parents to be better informed on what their children are learning, now more than ever.
Introduced by Space and Wirths, A-3800, the “Parents’ Bill of Rights Act”; requires public school and school district provide certain information to parents and guardians and obtain parental consent prior to taking certain actions. The bill is based on federal legislation sponsored by US Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri).
A-3800 will enshrine the “Parents’ Bill of Rights” into statute which will include:
- The Right to information on individuals and organizations receiving school contracts and funding.
- The Right to information about the collection and transmission of their minor child’s data.
- The Right to know what their minor child is being taught in school.
- The Right to visit the school and check in on their minor child during school hours.
- The Right to access to all school records, medical or otherwise, concerning their minor child.
“We have heard from concerned parents and it is time to protect their rights to control the upbringing of their children,” said Space (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “As a father and a future grandfather in a few weeks, I am proud to support the ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights.’ “
In addition, all three legislators have introduced legislation to begin the process of overturning the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education on sex education adopted on June 3, 2020 by the unelected State Board of Education – SCR24 and ACR21.
“This week, the Senate Republican leadership team called on Governor Murphy and Senate President Scutari to halt the implementation of New Jersey’s controversial new sex education standards and to hold public hearings on curriculum changes to empower parents who feel ignored,” Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) stated. “Republican legislators in both the Senate and Assembly are fighting to ensure that parents won’t be ignored in their school districts.”