Parents Bill of Rights Act passes House of Representatives

A Republican-backed bill to expand parental involvement in schools passed the House, 213-208.

The bill, H. R. 5, also referred to as the “Parents Bill of Rights,” required public posting of curricula, providing parents with a list of library books, and giving parents the right to review district budget practices.

Democrats opposed the bill, calling it unnecessary and creating unfunded requirements on schools. The bill’s passage was praised by the president of the America First Policy Institute but criticized by the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

The bill is in line with the recent Republican education agenda. Similar bills have been introduced at the state level. There is no companion legislation in the Senate at this time, but Democrats control the Senate and House bill passed mostly along party lines.

Read the full bill here.

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