During testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Thursday, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that parents of school aged children should not act as the “primary stakeholders” in education decisions. Asked by Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) about parental decisions in education, and whether or not parents should indeed be “primary stakeholders,” Cardona said that parents are “important stakeholders” but that educators have a role to play in programming decisions. He would not concede that parents should be the main decision makers in education.
Biden's Education Secretary Cardona says parents should not be the "primary stakeholder" in their kids' education. pic.twitter.com/kZo2pr7Bds— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 30, 2021
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D), who is vying for his old job in the governor's mansion back, also came under fire for similar comments. McAuliffe said that parents should not dictate what curriculum is being taught to their children in schools.
Glenn Youngkin: "I believe parents should be in charge of their kids' education."— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) September 29, 2021
Terry McAuliffe: "I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." #VAgov pic.twitter.com/LqIlRMLKgj
Cardona also dodged questions on school reopening discretions, and decision making processes for mask wearing policies for children in schools.
.@SenatorBurr grills Sec. Becerra and Sec. Cardona on their inadequate response to repeated oversight requests.— HELP Committee GOP (@GOPHELP) September 30, 2021
Americans deserve answers to their questions on:
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