Parental rights fight has caught fire

Parental rights fight has caught fire

Parental rights fight has caught fire

K-12 school administrators nationwide are beginning to realize they could face some sizable court settlements for hiding student activities from parents.

In her case involving the Spreckles Union School District in California, the mother who sued the district for helping her 11-year-old daughter "transition" genders without her knowledge has been awarded $100,000. Her daughter has since decided to re-identify as a girl, and the mother has vowed to keep fighting for parental rights.

Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman fellow in education at The Heritage Foundation, celebrates this landmark victory and says parents have obviously had enough.

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"When they begin going to advocacy groups and law firms to tell them that they're ready to sue over what they feel like are injustices done to their children, that's the evidence to the practice of hiding information from parents is more than even parents who may consider themselves on the Left are willing to put up with," Butcher tells AFN.

He reports that parents have filed similar suits in MichiganColorado, and Texas over gender-related instruction or activities and parent involvement.

In Indiana, Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) is pushing back against this system of secrecy.

"He put a model parent bill of rights on his website as well, something that he is hoping that state lawmakers will use to adapt proposals," Butcher relays.

He expects school secrecy policies to taper off as parental lawsuits increase and as more examples of inappropriate materials and school policies are brought to light.