School District Bans Parents from Attending School Board Meeting on Parental Rights

In Maryland, the largest school district in the state has banned parents from freely attending an upcoming board meeting to discuss parental rights policy.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss a policy that prohibits parents from withdrawing their own children from lessons they consider inappropriate. While the school board usually allowed its meetings to be open to the public, this meeting was instead limited to “scheduled speakers, invited attendees, and other guests.”

In a statement, the district’s director of communications Christopher Cram affirmed that “public access to the meeting remains the same for scheduled public speakers, agenda speakers, and other guests.” The district’s only justification for these changes was “safety” concerns.

Last month, MCPS was sued by a Christian family and a Muslim family over their refusal to let them withdraw their children from lessons about sexual preferences in school. The families are arguing that their First Amendment rights to freedom of religion are being violated by the policy. The lawsuit notes that these lessons included the use of “Pride Storybooks,” openly promoting the LGBTQ agenda.

“The School Board’s recent about-face strips away [a] long-standing protection of parental rights,” the lawsuit states. “This violates not just Maryland law and Board policy and practice but also the United States Constitution.”

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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Notable Replies

  1. I call the last three years the Great Exposure of Education. How the MCPS School Board can thumb its nose at the concept of open, public meetings is beyond me-----especially when the discussion regards policy and curriculum. I sincerely hope the lawsuit against them is successful.

    It is also ironic how the Left prattles on about threats to democracy when they prove themselves to be the greatest threat of all. BUT, elections have consequences, and it is up to the parents and families of school children to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Since school board elections in most districts are staggered----meaning only one or two seats are up for election at any given time—the balance on these school boards cannot be changed overnight or in one election. However, it can be done. It must be done.

  2. Great post, Brunson. I would only add “Great Exposure of Public Education” to clarify that not all efforts to civilize the kids have gone off the deep end. Of course, you already grasp that the left has never possessed any sense of irony!

  3. If Christians and Muslims can find some common ground here, I think progress can be made through active recalls of School Board members and more effectively through shrinking the budgets of schools via property tax reductions. Yeah, money talks, and in this case, it shouts.

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