Republicans earlier this month Republicans introduced a Parents’ Bill of Rights. House Democrats have responded to that bill with their own “Bill of Rights for Students and Parents,”
The resolution, introduced by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore, highlights five essential points for public schools: a well-rounded education for all students, authentic parental involvement, especially for those from diverse backgrounds, inclusive schools where students and educators feel supported and cared for, environments that protect students’ civil rights, and providing a historically accurate education.
The bill also addresses recent censorship efforts, which have spread in conservative-leaning states, as “denying students access to books” that reflect diverse cultural experiences.
“I introduced the Bill of Rights for Students and Parents because we need an inclusive, affirmative vision for public education,” said Bonamici. “I worked closely and carefully with organizations that represent parents, educators, civil rights advocates, and more to develop this resolution so it is inclusive of parents and students from all backgrounds.”
Read the full resolution here.