senate resolution no.107

Senators Theis, Bizon, Zorn, Daley, Wozniak, Johnson, Victory, MacDonald, Outman and Barrett offered the following resolution:

A resolution to affirm our commitment to the fundamental rights of parents to direct the education of their children, and call on Governor Whitmer to publicly acknowledge these rights.

Whereas, The fundamental right of parents over the upbringing of their children has been unequivocally established in the United States. Parents are in the best position to know their own child’s needs and circumstances, and therefore, should maintain authority over all decisions that could impact the health and well-being of their children; and

Whereas, Education remains a critical part of any child’s upbringing. The “natural fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children” has been a cornerstone declaration in Michigan law for over 25 years; and

Whereas, Public schools are directed to listen to and respect the wishes of parents in the development of academic standards and curricula. The Michigan Revised School Code provides, “the public schools of this state serve the needs of the pupils by cooperating with the pupil’s parents and legal guardians to develop the pupil’s intellectual capabilities and vocational skills in a safe and positive environment”; and

Whereas, Some education systems and elected officials across the country have been disregarding or infringing on parents’ rights related to their children’s education. For example, radical politics have permeated public school curricula, resulting in education that amounts to political indoctrination. In addition, parents who try to object are either ignored, shamed or silenced; and

Whereas, In October 2021, the Legislature sought to empower parents and children by providing scholarships to enhance the educational experience of Michigan students in a multitude of ways. Governor Gretchen Whitmer, driven by a denial of the basic premise that Michigan parents and students must have freedom and flexibility over education, vetoed this legislation; and

Whereas, Parents have the right to ensure that their children are receiving appropriate education. It is essential that parents’ voices are respected and incorporated into the development of academic curricula; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we affirm our commitment to the fundamental rights of parents to direct the education of their children; and be it further

Resolved, That we call on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to publicly acknowledge the fundamental right of parents over the upbringing of their children, including a central role in what it is their children are learning; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education.