In a win for parents’ rights, parents would be able to sue if school officials hide their child’s gender transition.
U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Rick Scott (R-FL), have introduced the Empower Parents to Protect Their Kids Act, which prevents elementary, middle and high schools from encouraging or assisting a child in a gender transition without informing parents.
Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced companion legislation in the House.
If passed, parents could sue schools that hide or withhold information about their child’s “transition.”
“Schools should never be allowed to impose radical, harmful ideologies on children—especially without parents’ knowledge and consent. My bill will protect students and ensure that parents are in control of their children’s education. Schools must remain institutions of education, not indoctrination camps where minors are manipulated and brainwashed,” said Cotton.
“School is where children go to learn math, history and science, not to learn about woke gender ideology. No parent should have to worry about a school teacher or administrator coaching their child to ‘gender transition.’ My bill protects parental rights and ensures federally funded schools are not laboratories for the Left’s radical agenda,” said Banks.
According to a statement from Cotton, the Empower Parents to Protect Their Kids Act would:
Make sure schools receive parental consent before facilitating a student’s gender transition in any way.
Ensure schools do not withhold information from parents or coerce students to withhold information from their parents about their purported gender identity.
Ensure that schools do not pressure parents or students to proceed with a gender transition.
Bar federal funds to K-12 schools that fail to comply with these requirements. It would also establish a private right of action to empower parents to enforce these policies in court, with attorney’s fees granted to the prevailing plaintiff. The bill also requires schools to report to the Secretaries dispersing federal funds (e.g. Secretary of Education) how they are complying with this Act, provide a copy of its policies to parents, and post those policies on school websites.