Deborah Aylward’s View from Concord – May 2023

By Deborah Aylward

While I voted for SB272, establishing a parents’ bill of rights in education, the House voted 195-190 to postpone the bill indefinitely, after which House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement:

“House Democrats Ensure State Systems Raise Children: For the next two years, parents will have to continue to accept that school is a mysterious and secretive black box where they deposit their children. Who knows what happens inside that box, and who knows what comes out the other side.

“By indefinitely postponing this bill, parents will have no choice but to avail themselves of the wildly successful education freedom account program, which we thankfully expanded this year to service even more children than ever before.”

For those parents who believe that teachers must not be secret keepers, and that the safest place in a child’s life is their home and the most trusted adults are their parent(s) or guardian(s), unless a court finds otherwise, there are alternatives.