New Hampshire voters overwhelmingly believe parents should have the final say in their child’s education and support transparency requirements for schools.
WHY IT MATTERS – Policies and curriculum concerning sex, gender, and race has become a flashpoint of controversy in recent years.
- New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who is considering running for President, was instrumental in killing a Parent’s Rights bill to “direct the education and care of his or her minor” last year, claiming it could violate state anti-discrimination laws.
GRANITE STATE DISCONNECT – However, a NH Journal and co/efficient poll of New Hampshire voters showed that the provisions of the bill are broadly popular:
- 59 percent said parents should have the final say in their children’s education (32 percent said teachers)
- 80 percent said parents should make decisions regarding their children’s health at school, including 63 percent of Democrats (14 percent said school officials should make the decisions)
- 82 percent said parents should have the right to review curriculum (13 percent say they should not)
- 78 percent said parents have a right to know their children’s sex and gender behavior at school (13 percent say they do not)
The poll also asked about a proposal to give parents the right to vote to remove school principals and administrators.
- 68 percent support
- 26 percent oppose
IN CONTEXT – The results mirror similar national surveys.
- America’s New Majority Project – 68 percent of American voters oppose public schools introducing subjects of sexual orientation without the prior approval of the students’ parents.
- Rasmussen – 89 percent Believe It Is Important for Public Schools to Inform Parents About What Is Being Taught
GO DEEPER –