03/24/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/24/2023 16:10
WASHINGTON-Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released the following statement upon passage of H.R. 5 - Parents Bill of Rights Act"I'm proud to have voted for the passage of the Parents Bill of Rights. American parents continually see their authority challenged and undermined by the educational bureaucracy. And they feel helpless in the face of seeing their children trapped in a failing system that is not providing the fundamental education they were promised. When a mother or a father drops their child off at school in the morning, they should not have to wonder what that child will hear, read, see, or learn that day. Families should feel confident in the American education system, and when they sense that there is a problem, they deserve the right to have a voice, and for that voice to be heard. There are too many classrooms in America that take time away from reading, science, mathematics, and arts; and give that time to inappropriate, explicit sexual education, historically inaccurate critical race theory, and gender-fluid ideology," said Aderholt.
"I also think the Department of Education needs a major overhaul. That's why today, I also voted for the Massie Amendment that would do just that by the end of the year. While the amendment failed, the mere fact that the amendment received 161 votes indicates there is much concern with too much education policy being directed from Washington, D.C.
"The Education Establishment has turned into a goliath that must account for its disrespect of parents and its abysmal results for children. Today, bureaucrats spend more time promoting ideology than ensuring that American children are ready to compete and achieve in the workforce.
"As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services, and Education, and Chairman of the House Values Action Team, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that American children have the educational opportunities and support that they deserve and to protect the rights that parents inherently hold. I look forward to looking at ways to rein in the Department of Education where it has overreached."