Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Governor Christie Stands Up for Parents

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not a reliable conservative on many issues, but today I want to praise him for taking an action that is very, very correct. He used his Governor's authority to veto a bad bill that had been passed by the New Jersey State Legislature and promoted by a lot of prominent people. The basic issue involved was parents' rights to control the education of their own children, and Governor Christie came down on the side of parents, against the busybodies who think they know better than parents.

The issue in this case was whether the public school can require young students to answer dozens of nosy, personal, very intrusive questions without parents' knowledge or consent. These questionnaires asked kids to answer lots of questions that are none of the school's business. The questionnaires interrogated students about their personal lives and activities, making them respond to questions about sex, drugs, suicide, incriminating behavior, spirituality, and other personal matters. Some questions demanded to know “how many times” the student “had used cocaine” and how many times he had tried to commit suicide. Unfortunately, the law allowed schools to ask these nosy questions if the school merely sent a notice to the parents, and then assumed parental approval if parents didn't respond. ]

This was a big controversy in New Jersey about 10 years ago, and Eagle Forum took the lead in persuading the State Legislature to pass a good law saying that, before such questions could be asked, the school had to get parents' written consent. Earlier this year, the lobbyists for public schools and psychologists who think they know better than parents got the Legislature to pass a law repealing the existing law. Governor Christie vetoed the repeal, and we thank him for that action.

Parents, you should warn your kids in public school not to fill out questionnaires that ask nosy questions about sex, drugs, and suicide.

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