House of Representatives Passes Parental Bill of Rights Act
The House of Representatives voted 213-208 to pass the Parental Bill of Rights Act on Friday. Apart from five Republicans who joined Democrats in opposing the bill, the vote fell along party lines.
Details: The bill would mandate schools’ curriculum be made available to parents, including books and reading materials inside school libraries. The bill also contains a number of amendments regarding transgender students. The bill would require schools to inform parents if transgender students are participating in sports or using school bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. The bill now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said it would reach a “dead end.”
Key Quotes: Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA) said the bill “aims to bring more transparency and accountability to education, allowing parents to be informed and when they have questions and concerns to lawfully bring them to their local school boards.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized the bill, stating, “what we’re seeing here today is the Republicans’ attempt, Republican Party’s attempt, to take some of the most heinous legislation that we are seeing passed on the state level to attack our trans and LGBT as well as people from marginalized communities right to exist in schools”
How The Media Covered It: The Hill called the legislation a “hot-button, culture war issue.” Left-rated outlets highlighted concerns from LGBTQ activists. Right-rated outlets highlighted concerns from parents over transparency in education, often referencing debates over critical race theory.
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