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EXCLUSIVE: House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik introduces a “Military Parents’ Bill of Rights” to ensure parent involvement in their children’s education and increased transparency in Department of Education schools. defense.

The “Bill of Rights” for military parents is being rolled out by Stefanik, RN.Y., as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.


“U.S. service members have the right to be informed and involved in the education of their children, and it is unbelievable that some DoDEA educators do not trust their own children to the men and women in uniform who provide security for our nation,” Stefanik told Fox. New.

Stefanik was referring to Department of Defense Education schools “training materials,” including handouts and a video, that a concerned parent gave to his office.

The video shared with Stefanik’s office and with Fox News shows teachers discussing keeping parents in the dark about their children’s gender identity in the classroom.

Democrats and many media pundits have tried to blame Republicans and conservatives, such as Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., for the tragic mass shooting in Buffalo.
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“A lot of carers will substitute at this school. I had a student who is not at home in their gender identity, but their mother substitutes at our school, so, you know, like, navigating those waters” , a teacher said. “Communication is just the most important thing.”

Another teacher appears on screen and says they’re “talking about creating a safe space for our students.”

“We want them to be clearly safe at school, but we don’t want this to undermine their safety at home,” the teacher says, suggesting educators won’t share the gender identity of the kids. students with their parents.


“Sometimes the reality is that our students can’t go home for a variety of reasons and so we have to make sure we’re crystal clear this might be the only place they can really be themselves and use their name, and use their pronouns, but we would never want to put them in harm’s way at home for safety reasons if it’s something that’s going to get them in trouble outside of the classroom,” the teacher says, adding that they’re “really fussy about when it’s okay because we want to be perfectly clear with the students.”

“In some cases they want to be themselves with us as safe adults and supportive adults, but if we are their only safe adult, that means home is not a safe place for them,” said the teacher continued, adding that she sees “a range of parental support.”

“From parents being fully involved in helping with name changes and gender marker changes on legal documents, to the other end where students don’t feel like they can ever talk to their parents,” the teacher said. . “And so we just have to be respectful of what they need to feel safe.”

Next, a document was shared with Stefanik, which was shared with Fox News titled “The Genderbread Person”, which outlines the students’ gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation.

Stefanik Rolls Out “Bill of Rights” for Parent Service Members to Ensure Transparency in DOD Schools

A slide shown during DoDEA teacher training, according to Stefanik’s office.

Another document was a screenshot of a slide in a video presentation given by DoDEA that states “Yes, you CAN talk about LGBTQ+ in elementary school!”

“It’s actually the perfect time,” the slide reads. “Children as young as 4 years old are already beginning to develop a stable understanding of their gender identity…and choose their groups of friends based on their sex (among other social concepts, such as race).”

Stefanik told Fox News that “elementary students don’t need to learn radical gender ideology.”

“Parents deserve full transparency from DoDEA schools about what is being taught in their child’s classroom,” Stefanik said. “As our men and women serving overseas look out for our own safety, I will continue to stand up for them and protect the rights of our military parents to the education of their child.”

The DoDEA did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Stefanik Rolls Out “Bill of Rights” for Parent Service Members to Ensure Transparency in DOD Schools

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Stefanik’s “Bill of Rights” for parent service members asks for the right to review the school’s curriculum; the right to know if the school changes its academic standards; the right to meet each teacher of their child at least twice during the year; the right to review all instructional materials and teacher professional development materials used by the school; the right to inspect books and other reading materials in the school library; and more.


The Bill of Rights would also require each DoDEA school to post the curriculum for each course and grade level on the school’s website; make all educators’ educational and professional development materials available to parents for inspection; and more.

Stefanik also proposed that DoDEA schools “inform parents of any medical examination or screening the school may administer to their child and receive written consent from the parents before conducting the examination or screening”; and to notify parents of any medical information collected on their child, among other things.

The military has recently come under scrutiny from congressional Republicans for passing new diversity and inclusion initiatives, which they say take away from the military’s primary mission of protecting the country.

However, former Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has previously dismissed such claims by the GOP, saying the “wake-up call” argument in the military is “driving a stake through a straw man,” and that diversity and inclusion actually make the military stronger.

A similar amendment was proposed by GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn last week titled “Stop Experimenting With Military Children,” which stated that parents, “not woke up teachers,” should be at the center of education. their children.


The senator cited examples of Department of Defense (DOD) teachers who claimed it was “appropriate” to hide a child’s gender transition from their parents.

Blackburn’s amendments failed in the Senate.

Fox News’ Kelly Laco contributed to this report.

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