2023 in Review - Educational Freedom and Parental Rights
The Radical Left Hates School Choice
The Radical Left learned long ago that the way to create generational change was to take over education and begin indoctrinating our children at a young age. In doing so, they’ve taken away the rights of parents to raise their kids in the way they wish, while forcing them into a crappy education in government-run schools.
Freedom Caucuses are fighting back against the left-wing indoctrination agenda and we saw some incredible wins this year in all 11 of our states for educational freedom and parental rights.
Arizona Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs campaigned on defunding the state’s school choice program. It was THE top target by the state’s Democrat elite. Fortunately, the Arizona Freedom Caucus was able to use its leverage in budget negotiations, which ultimately protected the school choice program while giving taxpayers much needed tax relief. A liberal columnist who hates that the AZ Freedom Caucus won on school choice wrote “Freedom Caucusers were all smiles on Monday and for good reason.”
Our Illinois and Pennsylvania Freedom Caucuses are making news as we speak. Both of them recently called on their respective state GOP parties to ban Republican lawmakers from taking cash from teachers’ unions. Illinois and Pennsylvania both have modest school choice programs that are under attack by the Democrats in charge. But dozens of Republican lawmakers are complicit because the teachers’ unions bankroll their campaigns. That has to stop. More on this in the weeks to come.
The Idaho Freedom Caucus successfully led the effort to require the State Department of Education to prohibit diversity statements when hiring at Idaho’s four-year public college and universities. One wonders how many professors previously were denied a job because their “diversity statement” wasn’t woke enough.
Following attempts by both students and liberal state lawmakers to cancel three events hosted by conservative student groups at the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Freedom Caucus publicly stood against the bans and introduced the “Free Speech in Higher Education” bill to protect the first amendment on college campuses.
Our Wyoming Freedom Caucus successfully sponsored and passed a bill that changed the definition of a “home-based educational program” in the state to allow multi-family homeschool settings. This encourages even more families to homeschool their children with less red tape.
Finally, let’s discuss some truly crazy stuff that happened on parental rights that a couple of our states stopped:
During the COVID years, a local sheriff in Idaho threatened to take kids away from parents if they didn’t get them vaccinated. Our Idaho Freedom Caucus introduced a bill earlier this year and got it swiftly passed that prohibits all investigations and court orders terminating a parent’s relationship with their child based on their immunization status.
Our Louisiana Freedom Caucus successfully authored and passed a bill that requires parents be notified if a teacher uses a pronoun for a child other than the sex recorded on the child’s birth certificate.
These success stories are very real and undeniable. Imagine what we could do if we had a Freedom Caucus in all 50 states! If you share our vision and want to support our efforts, please donate now.
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