To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

'Absolutely Unbelievable': Washington State Superintendent Tells School Districts to Ignore New Parents' Bill of Rights Law

Sarah Holliday : Jun 11, 2024  The Washington Stand

"This state superintendent is trying to undermine [voters] who have said they want to locally control their schools, and they just want to be informed of what's happening in their schools"—which seems to be "too much for the state superintendent." -FRC's Senior Fellow for Education Studies, Meg Kilgannon

[WashingtonStand.com] Initiative 2081, otherwise known as the Parents' Bill of Rights, is a measure that was started by voters in the state of Washington that "would provide certain rights to parents and guardians of public-school children, including rights to review instructional materials, inspect records, receive certain notifications, and opt out of certain activities, like sexual-health education." In March, this initiative was approved by both the state Senate and House "by super majorities, and since it was an initiative started by voters, it does not require a governor's signature to take effect," KOMO News reported. (Screengrab image: via KOMO News 4)

Family Research Council's Jody Hice, former congressman and guest host of "Washington Watch," explained on Friday's episode how the Parents' Bill of Rights "ensures that parents are not left in the dark on details of their child's education." But late in May, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Washington sued the state to stop the initiative from taking effect, claiming the measure "will result in harm to LGBTQ+ students, youth of color, and students from other marginalized backgrounds." The lawsuit also stated the initiative violated "the Washington Constitution by failing to identify the many existing laws it changes."

The most recent development involved a Washington judge who ruled against ACLU's lawsuit, which allowed I-2081 to go into effect last week. And yet, just when the controversy seemed to be dying down, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal told Washington State's 295 school districts to dismiss the new law. In a statement released by his office, Reykdal said, "Our state's guidance has maintained that, in order to protect student privacy and safety, schools should communicate with students who disclose they are transgender or gender expansive about the student's individual needs, preferences, and safety concerns. It is the student's decision when and if their gender identity is shared, and with whom."

Hice emphasized that what it comes down to is "we have an elected official telling public employees to break the law." To which FRC's Senior Fellow for Education Studies Meg Kilgannon added, "[I]t really is incredible." She continued, Reykdal "thinks it's a good idea for him to oppose a law" the citizens of Washington clearly wanted to put in place. As Kilgannon pointed out, "[That's] quite a move" on his part.

She also noted that "even the Democrats in the state legislature decided that they better not fight the people," which only further proves that Reykdal is making decisions that "do the bidding of the left-wing teachers unions and ... leftist interests" over that of the majority of those within the state. Ultimately, Kilgannon explained, "This state superintendent is trying to undermine [voters] who have said they want to locally control their schools, and they just want to be informed of what's happening in their schools"—which seems to be "too much for the state superintendent."

It's "absolutely unbelievable," Hice said, that someone with the position like Reykdal's would be so quick to "defy the will of the people, the will of the legislature, [and] the law itself." But as Kilgannon highlighted, "in a state like Washington ... that's so deeply blue and has been ... under the control of the Democratic Party for so long," it's "a hopeful sign that the voters in Washington" are passing initiatives that demonstrates the parental rights movement "is finally getting some traction." And as Hice emphasized, it's specifically encouraging to see it coming from the people, not just the legislatures.

Reykdal will be part of the state's jungle primary in August "where the top two vote-getters will be on the ballot in November," Kilgannon pointed out, so now is the time to "be engaged in this election." "[W]e're getting places," Kilgannon concluded, but the work isn't done. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Sarah Holliday is a reporter at The Washington Stand.







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Hollywood Actress' On-Set Encounter With Holy Spirit during 'Sound of Hope' Filming: 'This is a God Movement'

Hezbollah Rocket Attacks Ravage Northern Israel: Lives, Land, and Wildlife

Oh, So THAT'S Who Got Kimberly Cheatle Her Job as Secret Service Director

Daily Signal Exclusive: Don Jr. Shares First Words With His Father Following Attempted Assassination [Watch]

'I Never Felt More Free and More Love for My Country Than I Do Now': Controversial Appearance of Amber Rose at the RNC

Powerful: Democrat Moved to Tears By Speakers at RNC 'It's America Coming Together'

Trump Calls Widow of Corey Comperatore, the Man Killed during Assassination Attempt

Democrat Senator Menendez Found Guilty on 18 Bribery Charges

Elon Musk Flees CA, Pulls X and SpaceX Out of State after Newsom Signs Anti-Parent Law

Bear Grylls Says It's 'a Privilege' to Support Russell Brand's Newfound Christian Faith

Sick: State-Funded LGBTQ 'Commission' Calls for Legalizing Teenage Prostitution, Lowering the Age of Sexual Consent, and More in New Report

Newsom Signs Parental Secrecy Bill, Endangering Child Safety

Consensus Agree: Trump Saved by Divine Intervention

President Trump to Washington Examiner Reporter: 'Everything Changed' in the Moment He Was Shot

Tucker Carlson: All the Right People in Washington 'Against' Trump's VP Pick

Trump Picks JD Vance as His Running Mate

Dutch Sheets on the Assassination Attempt on President Trump

Prophecy Foretold Attempted Assassination on Trump Months in Advance

Elon Musk 'Fully' Endorses President Trump Immediately after Assassination Attempt

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Praises Trump for His Response to Saturday's Assassination Attempt



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com