Families Wary of Biden Administration’s New Parent Council: ‘Performative, Media Opportunity’
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Parents and education activists have expressed skepticism about the Biden administration’s new parent council, arguing that its composition suggests it will be just a rubber stamp for the ideological agenda of the White House.
The National Parent and Family Engagement Council, introduced last Tuesday, aims to find “constructive ways to help families engage at the local level”, according to the Department of Education. The council will hold “listening sessions” to explore what schools can do to help pupils recover from the pandemic. The meetings will focus on finding “constructive ways to help families engage locally.”
“The National Parent and Family Engagement Council will serve as an important link between families, caregivers, education advocates and their school communities,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said.
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The council includes groups such as the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Fathers Incorporated; United Generations; Daughters, Inc.; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); mocha mums; National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement; National Action Network; National Association of Military Families; National Parents’ Association, National Union of Parents; The National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment, United Parent Leaders Action Network; and UnidosUS.
Some parents share their concerns about the chosen groups, arguing that they have ideological agendas. LULAC, for example, sent a letter strongly opposing the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and openly endorsed Cardona.
Additionally, the National Parents Union has publicly defended the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) infamous letter to the DOJ requesting that parents’ actions at school board meetings be reviewed under the Patriot Act as ” domestic terrorists”.
“If you threaten to kill school board members, you MUST hear from the judge [Department]“, wrote the president of the National Union of parents, Keri Rodrigues, on Twitter during an exchange with a parent. “Some of these anti-mask / CRT morons tried this with us a few weeks ago.
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Elizabeth McCauley of the Virginia Mavens told Fox News Digital that the council’s creation is an indication that the Biden administration knows it has been “warned by parents from all political backgrounds who really want students to be educated. rather than indoctrinated and unwilling to have any sexualization of young children and students by radically disconnected school boards.”
But she was not at all impressed with the composition of the committee.
“Overall, my main frustration with the committee is its (sic) lack of representation from the very groups of parents who have felt so disenfranchised by school boards across the country – American parents of Asian descent who have advocated to preserve merit-based admission to governor’s schools – in Fairfax County that would be the Thomas Jefferson School, parents like me who are very concerned about child pornography novels in schools, and parents who are working to end medical discrimination in our schools, so that students are not forced to comply with vaccine inoculation mandates still under emergency use authorization,” said McCauley.
Elicia Brand, co-founder of Army of Parents, said her group would “welcome” the opportunity to work with the White House and other council organizations to work for the betterment of students and communities. But, she told Fox News Digital, “We don’t think Army of Parents or organizations like ours are on Cardona’s invite list. Parents who are advocating for their kids won’t be fooled. gap will continue to widen.”
“Biden’s board of education is made up of people and organizations that are aligned with the administration’s socialist ideology and its agenda for our children,” Brand said. “Without the participation of organizations that hold alternative viewpoints, the Council is simply a performative, media opportunity, designed only to increase approval ratings and to advance an agenda that does not include parental rights, l ‘basic academic excellence or safety in schools.’
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“The Parents Council is a consortium of left-wing special interest groups,” acknowledged Fox News contributor Karol Markowicz. “These astroturfed groups are the exact opposite of parents who have stood up at school board meetings to fight for their children’s education. These groups are the same people who stand in the way of parents. Sec. Cardona and the rest members of the Biden administration believe that parents will be deceived by this group.
The Florida mom and Moms for America senior director Quisha King offered the administration a new name: the “No Place for Parents Council.”
“Parents have spent years fighting the government to take their hands off our children,” King told Fox News Digital. “Their response, after accusing us of terrorism, is to create a council to formally come between parents and children? That’s how I see it. I don’t believe Secretary Cardona has suddenly changed his mind. Parents don’t need the federal government (sic) or local government showing us how to pledge on behalf of our children. On the contrary, the federal government should ask school boards and ministries of education to honor the oath they have lent to listen to their constituents.
Parents Defending Education president and founder Nicole Neily, also concerned about the members of the new administration committee, said the effort was also “too little too late”.
“It is too little too late from this administration, which has made it clear by its actions that it views real parental input as an inconvenience; let us remember that this is the same group of bureaucrats who coordinated for weeks with the National School Board Association on its since-retracted letter that cited the Patriot Act,” Neily said in a statement. “The organizations hand-picked to participate do not represent the views of most American parents. ; if they had, we would not have seen such a wave of activism in recent years. The families realized that groups like the National PTA were as ideologically compromised as the elected officials who abandoned our children. I would have hoped the Biden administration would realize the importance of bringing many perspectives to the table — but I’m not surprised other voices aren’t welcome.
The Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Some parents protesting policy changes that would increase penalties for students for ‘missexuality’ ahead of a Fairfax County School Board meeting last Thursday said they don’t trust the administration to steer the issue of the ‘education. Parents have shown up at similar gatherings across the country to speak out against strict COVID-19 measures, progressive curricula and race-based classroom lessons over the past two years.
“If this is an action by the Biden administration, I don’t trust it at all,” Fairfax parent Steve Robinson told Fox News Digital of the new parent council.
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Media coverage of the administration’s new efforts seemed to suggest it was formed with politics in mind.
“The Biden administration has sought to elevate the role parents play in education after Republican forays into an issue long considered a Democratic stronghold,” US News & World Report wrote of the committee.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.