U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Oakland) is a co-sponsor of a GOP bill that claims to protect “parental rights.”
According to CNN, the Parental Bill of Rights would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require schools to provide parents with a list of books and reading materials available in the school library as well as posting curriculum publicly.
Parental rights has been the rallying cry for many conservatives as they crowded school board meetings across the country objecting to including race or LGBTQ in any part of school.
Miller’s statement about the bill’s introduction included her opposition to “racist Critical Race Theory, perverted sex-ed curriculum, and dangerous transgender policies” that she said harms children.
Many states have passed or considering similar laws. Some states, like Iowa, require parental permission for any sex ed. Illinois doesn’t, but does give parents to opt their children out.
Miller’s fellow Illinois Republicans Mike Bost and Darin LaHood have not put out statements about the bill.
With the GOP majority in the U.S. House, it has a good chance to pass in the lower chamber. But it wouldn’t make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate. CNN reported that a similar bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) last year but failed to advance.