A House Courts of Justice sub-committee on Monday will consider a bill to secure parents’ rights to direct the upbringing, education and care of their children from government bureaucrats. If your delegate is on the sub-committee, please contact him or her and urge a YES vote on HB 1642, patroned by Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown). Predictably, government bureaucrats, especially the public education establishment and public college and university officials, oppose this bill. One newspaper editorial even claimed the bill would "usurp authority" from educators.
Authority for children resides with parents, solely, except in very certain circumstances. Public education for years has incrementally succeeded in replacing parental guidance and moved toward a system where they impart big government’s values in the place of the family values on which children are raised. By their opposition, the bureaucrats are admitting their goal is to insert themselves between students and their parents.
In Virginia, it’s time to draw the line and reassert Foundational Principles such as the fundamental right of parents to raise their children; that we no longer are willing to cede that sacred responsibility to cold, faceless, often agenda-driven government-run institutions. Say no to the government getting between you and your children by urging a YES vote on HB 1642.