Statement on H.Res. 219 the Bill of Rights for Students and Parents
WASHINGTON – Denise Forte, president and CEO of The Education Trust, released the following statement regarding H. Res. 219. the Bill of Rights for Students and Parents, sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and 29 other members of Congress:
“This resolution reflects what parents and families really want: schools that are welcoming and inviting to all students and that offer a well-rounded, historically accurate education that will prepare them for success in college and the workforce. Parents overwhelmingly support their children’s teachers, and school leaders know that lifting the voices of parents and students alike can truly empower young people.
“Many of the so-called ‘parents rights’ bills being debated across the country, including HR 5, have nothing to do with parental rights. Instead, they are thinly veiled attempts to use our nation’s students as pawns to advance political agendas. Today’s student body is more diverse than ever. Students aspire to learn honest history about all cultures. Students of color and students from low-income backgrounds stand to benefit tremendously from school environments that foster belonging and self-awareness as well as teach critical thinking and prepare them to grow up to be responsible adults in a multicultural world. We must take further steps to ensure all students receive the supports they need to succeed in college and careers rather than working to limit their exposure to curriculum and experiences that reflect their experiences as Americans.
“Federal law already recognizes important rights that parents have including requesting instructional materials and opting students out of some activities to protect their confidential information. Lawmakers should be focused on making new investments to create safe, engaging learning environments that meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. This resolution supports the call of parents across the country for schools to remain places of learning where students can build strong relationships with each other and with educators.”