FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2023
The Campaign for Our Shared Future Responds to House Passage of the Politics Over Parents Act (HR 5)
Senate must stop federal legislation that wastes tax dollars on red tape and scare tactics
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Campaign for Our Shared Future Executive Director, Heather Harding, Ed.D., released the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Politics Over Parents Act (HR 5):
“This legislation is nothing more than a scare tactic by extremist politicians trying to make it harder for educators to work with parents to teach children what they need to learn. We call on the Senate to put this bill where it belongs—in the trash.
“This is not about helping parents and teachers work together effectively—it’s about scoring political points by frightening families into thinking schools don’t have the best interests of children at heart. Federal laws—as well as many state and local laws—already cover much of what is detailed in this legislation. Parents can access the materials their children use in school, and districts already ask parents for their thoughts on materials before making purchases.
“Instead of engaging in this kind of political theater that creates more red tape and wastes tax dollars, we should be talking about the support that families actually need coming out of a global pandemic. We need to focus on resources that help our children, not on the personal agendas of federal politicians who have little connection to our schools.”
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.