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Everyone is talking about the Republican congressional success this week related to the passing of the Parents Bill of Rights Act.
Our country needed this thirty years ago before common core and CRT, before COVID school closings and social promotion based on race over merit, and the escalation of school mass shootings.
We raised a generation of depressed, confused and entitled adults who no longer value having children, patriotism, or religion, and don't see community involvement as important.
The five main points of the bill include:
Right to know what is being taught in schools
Right to be heard
Right to see school budget
Right to protect their child’s privacy
Right to be updated on any violent activity at school
Let’s face it, this is common sense and should have never been up for discussion. This shouldn’t be political and it shouldn’t have happened in 2023.
Taxpayers pay for education. Those whose lives will benefit most by the points featured in the bill are the very students whose parents vote Democratic and who voted against the bill.
Only now are Republicans in unison because of the majority power. I witnessed this firsthand and in February 2016 when that wasn’t the case.
Let me introduce to you legislation A.9057.
The bill states that its purpose is to create a commission to review textbooks, and remove those that show a slanted pro-Islamic bias, anti-Semitism, and anti-Judeo/Christian values. Aside from textbooks, materials brought into the classroom also fall into the scope of a newly created commission’s authority.
The bill prohibits textbooks and materials that redefine the roles of Jews as well as Christians, African Americans and other racial groups in American history. In order to do so, the delegates of the committee will regulate instructional material for New York state elementary schools. They will include staff and parent representatives.
New York State would have had a better position to have input and oversight on what textbooks and instructional materials get used in our elementary schools if this bill had passed.
Realistic education activists, especially those wanting quality public education would agree that having textbooks depict accurate facts and data, and not misleading or confusing information, is of the utmost importance. The bias that exists in some textbooks currently in use today simply does not accurately represent Judeo-Christian history in the United States.
The bill was introduced in 2016, before the pandemic, before Loudoun County, Virginia and before the election of Donald Trump.
I approached lawmakers from both parties. Elected officials with a Republican or Democrat after their name were hesitant and feared teacher union retaliation at the ballot box in November. It was also the time that Republicans controlled the state senate.
The story kept changing of why and who was responsible for not getting it passed into law or even introducing it on the State Senate floor. Needless to say, I was way before the times of transparency and accountability.
Those closest to the bill on the Republican side are still in office. Should they introduce it again -- absolutely! While both sectors of the state government are now in progressive democratic hands, New York is falling apart. The exodus is growing, especially in areas white minorities live and suffer in failing schools. Social media and grassroot groups will follow the trail of who support or oppose the updated legislation.
In 2016, I started the discussion after multiple incidents nationwide exposed inaccurate facts about Jews which turned out to be antisemitic.
In 2011, I started a lawsuit exposing the neglect of reporting elementary school violence, the right of parents to be informed and speak up without retaliation and every student’s right to quality education with a focus on individual needs. It supported getting students and their guardians the services provided by individual education programs including guidance and medical support that so many staff members weren’t following.
We are losing the battle unless we act NOW!
In 2023, we can safely say that the time is NOW and that education is a nonpartisan issue that needs bipartisan support. In 2023, look into those running for office in local elections and don’t vote for those who won’t publicly promise to support your rights. Remember, the assembly and state senators are up for reelection in 2024 and are already campaigning and fundraising. Follow their voting records. They are public and available online.