Nearly 6,000 public schools in the U.S. have implemented policies prohibiting faculty and staff from informing parents of their children’s “gender status.”
Parents Defending Education (PDE) is an organization; dedicated to preventing harmful agendas in schools.
As reported by the New York Post, PDE compiled a list stating that 5,904 schools across 168 districts have policies that hide students’ gender status from their parents. Approximately 3.2 million students are affected by these policies.
"The 3,268,752 students affected by such policies go to class in all kinds of districts — large and small, affluent and poor, urban and rural, red and blue."
— Lily Tang Williams (@Lily4Liberty) March 9, 2023
The list includes two of the largest school districts in the U.S., Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
PDE’s list “only begins to scratch the surface of what is taking place behind closed doors in American schools,” the group’s president Nicole Neilly said. “This investigation shows that parental exclusion policies are a problem from coast to coast and that living in a red state doesn’t mean that families are automatically shielded from this issue.”
“Without a doubt, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of others with similar policies on the books. We urge everyone to keep an eye out — and to let us know if they find something similar in their backyard,” she added.
The Biden administration has proposed Title IX regulations that would legalize schools to withhold gender information from parents.
In November 2022, Erica Anderson, a “transgender” clinical psychologist, filed an amicus brief supporting parents who sued a school district in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Anderson stated that socially transitioning “is a major and potentially life-altering decision that requires parental involvement, for many reasons.”
“I don’t want to be erased as a transgender person, and I don’t want anyone’s prerogatives or identity to be taken away from them, but on this one, I’m aligned with people who are willing to advocate for parents,” Anderson told the New York Times.
Republicans have passed laws to give parents a say in their children’s education.
In 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, allowing parents to make decisions regarding their children’s education.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA) reintroduced the “Parents Bill of Rights Act,” which would require schools to provide parents with a list of books and reading materials available in libraries. It will also mandate curriculums to be public.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) enacted a policy in 2022 that required students to use bathrooms and play on sports teams that correspond with their biological gender. He told CNN that there was nothing “controversial” about the policy.
The proportion of kids, ages 13-17, who identify as “transgender” has doubled from 0.7% to 1.4% since 2017, according to reports from the Williams Institute.
Schools should not make decisions for students; parents should.