The Parents Bill of Rights Act passed the Republican-led House, as Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries called the legislation a "book ban."
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The Parents Bill of Rights Act passed the Republican-led House Friday in the latest salvo of a political and cultural battle over public education. GOP lawmakers campaigned on the Parents Bill of Rights as part of their midterm Commitment to America and introduced the act at the beginning of the month. The legislation grew out of backlash to COVID-19 shutdowns, when parents had a closer look at school curriculum during virtual learning, they said.
"In our commitment to America, we said we were going to have a parents bill of rights," House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a news conference after the vote. "This is exactly what we just passed on the floor today. We're keeping our commitment. It's just another check-off on all that we said we would do."
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