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Strengthen School Choice with Academic Transparency

February 15, 2023

Red state lawmakers are racing for runner-up regarding school choice. Still, those who care about ideological indoctrination in our public schools must also go for the gold when it comes to protecting parents and students with academic (curriculum) transparency. No policy will boost the impact of school choice more dramatically nor equip parents more powerfully to push back on woke activism in K-12 education than requiring public schools to disclose online the specific materials being presented to students.

Consider that in the last few days alone, whistleblowers like “LibsofTiktok” have exposed stories ranging from “First grade teacher boasts about … offering books to kids about gender identity including a book about toddler who becomes transgender” to “Missouri school district invited middle schoolers to a drag show today without informing parents.”

Just a few weeks earlier, The Daily Signal’s Tony Kinnett exposed the media covering up the teaching of critical race theory in Arkansas’ Bentonville school district. Meanwhile, in Georgia, a “diversity, equity, and inclusion” curriculum salesman confessed on camera to duping schools into buying CRT-infused content, while school administrators in Idaho, Utah and Ohio were all recorded privately celebrating their evasion of state bans on CRT in K-12 schools.

Read the rest of the op-ed at Washington Times.

Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy and the Director of the Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy at the Goldwater Institute.



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