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Wicker and Hyde-Smith defend parent’s rights to have input in children’s education

By: Sarah Ulmer - October 29, 2021

Miss. Senators Cosponsor Resolution Condemning Biden Administration Attempts to Restrict Parental Involvement in Schools

Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith cosponsored a resolution to support parents’ rights to be actively involved in the education of their children. The resolution (S.Res.431) comes after recent actions by the Biden Administration to weaponize the Justice Department to intimidate and silence parents who speak out to protect their children from harmful curricula.

“Parents have a basic right to shape the education of their children,” Wicker said. “Recent attempts by the Biden Administration to silence parents who disagree with the divisive ideas being taught in many American schools should be met with a forceful rebuke. I am glad to join so many in the Senate to stand for parents, students, and the future of our education system.”

“Parents should be encouraged to be involved in their children’s education, not intimidated into silence by school boards, administrators or, worse, an overbearing federal government. President Biden’s use of the Department of Justice to violate the free speech rights of parents is completely unacceptable,” Hyde-Smith said. “Our resolution condemns those actions and fully supports parental rights to be an active part in their children’s schooling.”

The resolution would encourage schools and parents to work together in constructive and open conversation regarding educational policies. It also demands Attorney General Merrick Garland rescind his Oct. 4, 2021, memorandum that “inappropriately directs Federal law enforcement resources to be used against parents advocating on behalf of their children against harmful school policies, curricula, and instructional materials.”

Others included on the resolution are: 

U.S. Senator Rick Scott, R-Fla., introduced the resolution with 30 cosponsors, including Senators John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., John Boozman, R-Ark., Mike Braun, R-Ind., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., John Kennedy, R-La., James Lankford, R-Okla., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., James Risch, R-Idaho, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Tim Scott, R-S.C., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.

Read the full text below:

Education Parents’ Rights Resolution by yallpolitics on Scribd

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: