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Webster Introduces the My Child, My Choice Act to Protect Parental Rights

Washington, DC - Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, R-Clermont, joined Congressman Jefferson Van Drew and 13 Republican colleagues to introduce H.R. 7662, My Child, My Choice Act, to ensure that parents have a say in their child’s education.

“Parents’ have the fundamental responsibility and right to care for, raise and educate their children,” said Congressman Webster. “I have fought to empower mothers and fathers to have a voice in their child’s education and upbringing. I will continue to strongly support every parent’s right to determine the best educational curriculum, learning path, and school to meet their children’s needs without government interference. This bill reinstates authority where it rightfully belongs – with parents.”

H.R. 7662 would require a teacher to get written consent from parents any time a lesson on gender identity, sexual orientation, or transgender studies is to be taught. If more than 50% of a class does not consent, the lesson may not be taught. If less than 50% do not consent, the school must provide those students whose parents did not consent with an alternative period of learning.  The bill allows a written report to be submitted to the Secretary of Education anytime an infringement of this policy occurs. If the Secretary determines the school/teacher did not comply with the requirements of this bill, the school will be stripped of the following school year’s federal funding.

Full bill text can be found here.

“Enough is enough – parents are tired of the government interjecting itself into their child’s education in attempt to teach children intimate and inappropriate subject matter with no parental input,” said Congressman Van Drew. “In my home state of New Jersey, policies are being put forward that students may use any ‘restroom, locker room, or changing facility in accordance with their gender identity.’ This is threatening the safety and security of our young children. We must protect our nation’s youth and ensure they are learning subjects critical to their development, not leftist ideologies.”

“Parents have had enough. Schools have no place indoctrinating our children about gender identity, sexual orientation, and transgenderism,” said Congressman Greg Steube, R-FL. “It should have never started in the first place, but since these teachings are becoming increasingly prevalent in schools across America, I’m glad to cosponsor legislation that will withhold federal funds from any school who tries to override parental rights by teaching these topics without permission.”

Additional bill sponsors include: Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (R-NJ), Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL).