According to a new survey provided to That Daily WireAn overwhelming majority of registered voters in Kansas and three other states support more transparency in the public school curriculum.
The daily Cable Most registered voters in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Louisiana reportedly agreed parents should be able to compare curriculum between schools before enrolling their children, according to a poll by the Goldwater Institute.
According to the poll, 64% of Kansans, 72% of Missourians, 71% of Iowans, and a whopping 87% of Louisiana voters agreed.
Additionally, adults in their 20s and 40s — who are more likely to have school-age children — were even more in favour.
“Of adults 35-44 years old, 85% in Louisiana, 75% in Missouri, 78% in Iowa, and 74% in Kansas said they support access to the parent’s curriculum prior to enrollment.”
Transparency and parental rights were hot topics across the country in 2022 — as was Kansas, where Gov. Laura Kelly — a Democrat — vetoed a bill of rights from the parents earlier this year.
The original Kansas statute would have listed 12 rights reserved for parents, including the right to direct the education and care of the parent’s child and the right to direct the education and moral or religious upbringing of the parent’s child.
The bill was fiercely opposed by both teacher unions and school administrationsand a veto override attempt failed in the Kansas House of Representativesalthough it was overwritten in the Kansas Senatee.
Candidates for governor support transparency
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt — a Republican — who is running for Kelly’s seat, said through a spokesman that he supports such legislation.
“As AG Schmidt has said publicly many times, he will sign the Parents Bill of Rights as governor,” Schmidt campaign spokesman CJ Grover said via email, adding that Schmidt is also “open to expanding the.” Parents Bill of Rights to address curriculum transparency.”
That Guardian also reached out to independent gubernatorial candidate Dennis Pyle, the Republican state senator from Hiawatha, who said he would also support such legislation.
“More transparency is needed throughout the Kansas government,” Pyle said. “As a graduate of the Hiawatha Schools and having been directly involved in the homeschooling of our six daughters, I strongly believe in parental involvement in their children’s education. It is unfortunate that curriculum transparency is not already a policy. I would love to see the legislation, but it’s definitely an issue I can support.”
Pyle voted to override Kelly’s veto.
Goldwater surveys track with other curriculum surveys
A SurveyUSA survey conducted on behalf of the Kansas Policy Institute, which owns the Guardian, shows that 57% of parents and grandparents are concerned that students may be learning things they find offensive. And there is one long list of such content in Kansas.
The Lansing, Kansas Unified School District Board of Education recently ruled that to pass a resolution enshrining the rights of parents within its borders.
The small community north of Kansas City, Kansas, is part of the KC Metro area and the seven-member board of directors has given their approval Parents’ Bill 4-3
The district’s new ordinance is broadly similar to the bill passed by both houses of the state legislature.
The legislature’s version states that parents “shall have the right to make health and medical decisions for such a child, including the right to make decisions about vaccinations and immunizations.”
However, because a school board cannot replace state law, Lansing’s version adds a reference to state law and the requirement to provide an annual medical exception letter or “a written statement signed by a parent or legal guardian that the child is a follower of a religious community whose religious teachings oppose such testing or vaccination.”
The Lansing version also added a paragraph stating that parents “have the right to expect that teachers and administrators will not, either accidentally or intentionally, withhold important information related to a child, including but not limited to information related to health.” and well-being, and education.”