Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has presented a bill that would stop providing federal assistance to schools that have policies supporting transgender students without parental approval. The bill is in response to what Scott and other conservatives perceive as radical LGBTQ+ practices at schools.
“Schools exist to educate children — not indoctrinate them. And a quality education requires input from those who know children best: their parents,” said Sen. Scott. “Sadly, radical and secretive gender policies have shut parents out of the conversation and broken their trust. My bill will safeguard parental rights, improve the crucial relationship between parents and schools, and ensure that children can learn in an environment free from activist ideology.” Said Scott in a press release.
The Parental Rights Over the Education and Care of Their Kids Act would make it illegal for elementary and middle schools to permit students to use a different name, pronoun, restroom, or locker room without their parent’s consent.
This policy is similar to policies that many republican congressmen have pursued at the state level. Currently, Democrats have a slim majority in both houses of congress and do not generally back legislation around limiting the support of gay and transgendered students.
Read the full bill here.