FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2023
The Campaign for Our Shared Future Responds to Parents Bill of Rights (HR 5)
New federal legislation aims to scare, not help, families and wastes tax dollars on red tape
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) Executive Director, Heather Harding, Ed.D., released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Parents Bill of Rights Act (HR 5):
“This bill is not about helping parents and teachers work together more effectively – it’s about scaring parents into thinking that schools don't have the best interests of children at heart. Instead of scoring political points and wasting tax dollars on more bureaucracy, we should be talking about the support that families actually need. We need to focus on resources that help our children.
“This is a solution looking for a problem playing out through political theater by radical politicians. Federal law–as well as many state and local laws–already ensure that parents have access to the materials their children use in school. Districts already ask parents for their thoughts on materials before making purchases.
“Any policy that claims to promote the best interests of families needs input and consideration from real parents in the community. It should not come from federal politicians who are trying to advance their personal agendas and have little connection to the schools in question.”
The Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) is a non-partisan effort to support high quality K-12 education and preserve access, inclusion, and meaningful content in our schools so that every student has an opportunity to succeed and thrive. COSF is a common ground effort committed to fighting the attack on education across the country.