Abbott proposes Texas 'Parental Bill of Rights' guaranteeing decision-making power

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to amend the state’s Constitution with a "Parental Bill of Rights" should he be reelected.

While speaking at an event hosted by the Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville on Thursday night, Abbott criticized the influence of critical race theory in school curricula along with school policies and mandates that have stripped parents of their decision-making power.

“No government program can replace the role that parents play in the education of their children," Abbott said. "Our focal point is to ensure that parents are put at the forefront, both of education of their children as well as the decision-making for their child's healthcare."

The Republican governor’s plan follows the lead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed a Parents Bill of Rights law in June 2021.

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