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Jim Holzapfel

Posted on: August 21, 2023

District 10 Lawmakers Intend to Introduce Parental Rights Bill

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Lawmakers Call For a Special Voting Session to Protect Parental Rights.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano announced that they intend to introduce legislation that will defend parental rights in response to the Murphy administration's recent lawsuit targeting school districts to stop parental notification on matters involving their children.

"It is abundantly clear that Governor Murphy and our activist attorney general are going after schools who do not support their radical identity politics. Not only is this misguided, but it is also utterly absurd that they are actively trying to take away parental rights," said Sen. Holzapfel. "The Murphy administration needs to step aside and stop trying to keep parents in the dark about their own children. Legislators should return to Trenton to vote on our proposed legislation to restore parental rights and prevent the government from getting in between parents and their right to know about their children."

Attorney General Matt Platkin filed a lawsuit against three New Jersey school boards alleging that their parental notification policies were a violation of the law and student's civil rights. Judge Bauman, who is overseeing the case, ruled in favor of an injunction against the schools on Friday evening to put a temporary hold on the schools from implementing their policies.

"Parents are having their rights decimated by Governor Murphy and his radical education policies. The lawsuits filed by Attorney General Platkin will only drive a larger wedge between parents, their children, and the schools that they attend," said Asm. McGuckin. "Our legislation ensures that parents are informed about their children's education, and we believe that it is imperative that the Legislature reconvene in Trenton to vote on this important issue. Parents are the number one stakeholder in a child's education, not the government."

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are calling on the Legislature to return to Trenton for a special voting session to rein in Governor Murphy and his administration's radical education policies.

The pending legislation sponsored by the District 10 lawmakers would require schools to disclose certain student records and information to their parent or legal guardian, the adult student, or emancipated minor. Some of the information contained in a student record as defined under the bill include name, date of birth, address, sex and gender, grades, status of mental and physical health, and more.

According to an exchange between Judge Bauman and the attorney's representing the State, the AG believes that a school should be forbidden from telling a parent if their child is transgender, even for students as young as 5 years old.

"Instead of policing schools about how they can communicate with parents, the attorney general should focus on policing our streets and keeping us safe from actual criminals," said Asm. Catalano. "Telling parents that they have no right to know what's going on with their children at school is an obstruction of their parental responsibilities. Parents need to be informed to make appropriate decisions for their families. Our bill will make sure that parents are informed."

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