Gov. Abbott Signs Legislation To ‘Grant Parents More Rights’ In Their Children’s Education

Frances Floresca Contributor
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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed several bills Monday with a goal of empowering parents.

The four parental rights bills passed by the Texas state legislature would give parents access to view classroom instructional materials, remove inappropriate books from school libraries, support special needs students and enable parents to decide if their child should repeat a grade level, according to the press release on Gov. Abbott’s website. (RELATED: Gov. DeSantis Signs ‘Parental Rights’ Bill Into Law) 

“Today, I will sign four bills into law that grant parents more rights in the education of their children. One of those bills transforms school curriculum, improving it for Texas parents, students, and teachers,” Gov. Abbott said in the press release.

The ACLU of Texas criticized one of the bills, alleging it would “ban books about LGBTQIA+, Black, and Brown experiences in public schools.”

“To be clear, we’re not done yet,” Abbott said before signing the bills. “We all know in addition to the changes I’m about to sign into law, we need to deliver on the promise to parents that parents will have the ability to choose the education pathway best for their child.”

SB 8, a bill that would set up education savings accounts for every Texas family, failed to pass the state House before a May 30 deadline. Abbott supported the original bill that passed the state Senate, but threatened to veto the watered-down House version that would have provided vouchers only to around 800,000 students.