WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to introduce the Parental Rights Over the Education and Care of Their (PROTECT) Kids Act to protect parental rights and prevent school administrators from concealing information about students’ gender from their parents. Senators Mike Crapo, Lindsey Graham, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Marco Rubio joined as cosponsors.
The PROTECT Kids Act would restrict federal funding for any elementary or middle school that allows students to change their pronouns, gender markers, or sex-based accommodations, including locker rooms and bathrooms, without the consent of their parents. Representative Tim Walberg (MI-05) will be introducing the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I have long believed that parents, not the government, know what is best for their children. It is time for schools to stop pushing these woke ideologies on our kids and let them focus on reading, writing and arithmetic. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in supporting the PROTECT Kids Act to stop the indoctrination and ensure parents have a say in what happens at their kids’ school.”
Senator Tim Scott said, “Far too often, parents are pushed out of their child’s education—and kids are paying the price. As the party of parents, Republicans are committed to ensuring that parents are always in the driver’s seat when it comes to their child’s upbringing. I am proud to stand for parental rights and put forth my PROTECT Kids Act to ensure parents remain the lead decision maker in their child’s life.”
The PROTECT Kids Act is supported by Parents Defending Education Action and Independent Women’s Voice. Read full text of the bill HERE.