Representative Omar denies that the government wants to prevent parents from getting involved in raising children
Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., argued that the government and educational institutions are not keeping parents in the dark about vital information about their children, despite parents across the country accusing schools to withhold information about their child or the program.
“I’m not aware of any decision made by lawmakers here in Congress, by local lawmakers, saying we don’t want parental input, we don’t want parental involvement, we don’t want the parental engagement in our schools,” Omar said during the House Education and Workforce Committee hearing on Wednesday.
The “Squad” member went on to say that the representatives’ claims that important information is withheld from parents are not based on fact.
“So I hope we put an end to this argument, which is not based on the real facts that are happening in our communities,” Omar said.
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Many parents have documented instances where a school kept a child’s gender identity or instructional material information explicit from parents.
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In 2021, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) asked the Biden administration, including the Justice Department, for help in dealing with parents, likening alleged threats from parents to domestic terrorism.
Parents complained of being kept in the dark by their children’s teachers. Fox News Digital recently reported on teacher policies in the Idaho Public School District that prevent instructors from sharing certain information about a child with their parents, including sexual orientation. Teachers who violate these policies could be fired.
“School employees shall not disclose a student’s transgender status or sexual orientation to others in any context, including other school personnel or (in the middle school, middle school and high school students) the student’s parents/guardians, unless they have a legitimate need to know or unless the student has authorized such disclosure”, read school district policies.
A mother, Aurora Regino, has sued her school district for allegedly secretly transitioning her child without her knowledge. The child reportedly struggled after the loss of a family member and when she sought help at school, the guidance counselor reportedly told her to assume the identity of a man. The counselor then allegedly told teachers to call him by male pronouns, unbeknownst to the parents.
Just weeks ago, St. Louis Children’s Hospital advised a Missouri school district not to require staff to disclose student chest restraint practices to parents.
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President Joe Biden has proposed changes to Title IX to include protections against discrimination based on sex that includes gender identity. Under the changes, schools would not have to notify parents before the social transition of their child’s gender, critics say.
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar and Kristine Parks contributed to this report.