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Senator Pennacchio stands with parents against government attack on child-raising rights

NEW JERSEY – As the Governor’s Administration persists with efforts to indoctrinate students with values and beliefs that reflect political policies, Senator Joe Pennacchio has vowed to continue fighting for New Jersey parents.

“The woke agenda wielded by Murphy Democrats is a full-scale attack on families,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “State government has a role in all of our lives, but it should be to support our security and freedoms, not to dictate how mothers and fathers raise their children or reprogram the way kids think.”

Pennacchio cautioned parents to be aware of various curriculum changes that are coming soon to school districts.

“Recent legislation specifically targets 4- and 5-year-old children who still believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy to remove what the state perceives as their ‘unconscious bias’ so they accept the Administration’s misguided woke policies,” Pennacchio said.

Under the new curriculum, grade school youngsters will be taught about gender confusion, gender identity, cisgender, transgender, and gender nonbinary.

“To satisfy the Administration’s thirst for social engineering, they are committed to stripping little kids of their childhoods,” Pennacchio said. “Schools have enough trouble teaching students about reading, writing and arithmetic. These are age-inappropriate issues that have no place in elementary classrooms and certainly should have parental consent when being addressed.”

To help preserve parental rights, Pennacchio has introduced four bills that will empower mothers and fathers.

  • S-1571 – Requires public schools to make curriculum plans available to the public and allow the plans, textbooks and learning material to be inspected and reviewed by the parents and legal guardians of students. [First introduced during the previous legislative session in June 2021 as S-3875]
  • S-1570 – Requires boards of education to be more open about their meeting schedules and agendas, mandating them to publicly post full meeting agenda 48 hours prior to meeting.
  • S-2385 – Reaffirms parental rights and amends current law to prevent schools from teaching some concepts related to critical race theory (CRT) and various controversial topics to students younger than high school age.
  • S-224 – Creates the “Transparency in Government Act. The intent of the bill is to create another layer of transparency, letting parents know exactly how their dollars are spent and where the money is going. It was first introduced by Pennacchio in January 2012.

“Residents will not quietly tolerate government attempts to hijack the minds of their children,” Pennacchio said. “These bills will give some of the power back to the parents, and I encourage my Democrat colleagues to uphold the next generation of New Jerseyans and vote for these pragmatic measures.”

“Parental Rights” is a key component of the Senate Republican #GiveItBack initiative, which provides New Jerseyans an opportunity to tell Governor Murphy to give back everything he has taken from them. Nearly 5,000 people have already told Governor Murphy to “Give It Back” at

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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