Public education in America is declining, and students deserve better. In the face of a radical Biden administration, powerful teachers unions, and Far Left political opportunists bent on pushing a woke agenda, House Republicans continue fighting for education freedom and parents’ rights.
In Case You Missed It,Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) penned an op-ed for the Daily Caller to discuss their work to advance parental involvement and education freedom, key components in fulfilling House Republicans’ Commitment to America.
By: Reps. Virginia Foxx and Elise Stefanik
September 14, 2023
As representatives of New York’s 21st Congressional District and North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, chairwomen of the House Republican Conference and House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and more importantly, as mothers and grandmothers, we find the state of education in America concerning.
The COVID-19 pandemic and extreme Democrats’ extended authoritarian school lockdowns gave parents a window into their children’s education. For the first time, parents had a clear view of the falling academic standards and the radical woke curriculum that was being forced on their children.
When parents expressed their opposition to the woke curriculum at school board meetings, President Biden weaponized the federal government against them.
The Nation’s Report Card’s 2022 assessment for eighth graders found that 69 percent were not proficient in reading and 73 percent were not proficient in math, the lowest points in nearly two decades… These scores confirmed what parents already knew: in a matter of only two years, a generation of progress was lost.
That’s why we, as House Republicans, made a Commitment to America. We demanded accountability and promised the American people that we would fight for a future that is built on freedom, and that is exactly what we have done.
The Parents Bill of Rights gives a voice to parents all across the country and ensures they have a say in their children’s education. Sadly, not a single Democrat crossed the aisle to join us in affirming these rights for the American people.
As students return to school this fall in the High Country of North Carolina, the North Country and Upstate New York, and all over the country, we stand with them. We stand for their parents’ rights to transparency, a safe learning environment, and educational freedom.