Voucher Bill Allows Opt-Out of Forced LGBT-Curriculum

February 20

Public school lessons should be neutral in their presentation of religious beliefs, worldview, and political ideology. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy has handed over New Jersey public school lessons to a political lobbying group which has developed controversial and radical materials for our public-school classrooms. These lessons have little to do with fact-based learning but are oriented towards radical social activism against our democracy. It is political propaganda disguised as “inclusiveness.”

In response to the parental outrage of the LGBT-mandate, our national legal team partnered with state legislators to introduce “The Protecting Parental Involvement in Curriculum Act” which would expand the current state opt-out law to allowing families to not just opt-out of health, family life and sex education classes but also allows parents to opt-out of content that conflicts with their families sincerely-held beliefs—content like an outrageous LGBT-curriculum.

Since becoming aware of our petition with over 10,000 names of parents who want lawmakers to pass the Parental Involvement Act, Department of Education officials have told conservative legislators that the LGBT-curriculum is so comprehensive an opt-out would be unmanageable. As a result, Assemblyman Bob Auth introduced legislation that would allow parents to receive a voucher for their child to attend a private school if the public school refuses to accommodate a parent’s request to opt their child out of the LGBT-curriculum.

We strongly support school choice and voucher programs, but also recognize this isn’t an option for every family. Many families love their public schools or are unable to enroll their child in private school. Parents have the constitutional right to protect their children from a radical socialized agenda in public schools, not just private schools. Parents have the right to hold their public-school districts accountable to teaching fact-based curriculums, not Marxist indoctrination!

Marxist Indoctrination? Yes! Garden State Equality, author of the current LGBT-curriculum, hasn’t been shy about their real agenda to use their public-school curriculum program to train students to “dismantle and confront” the “patriarchy, hyper-masculinity [and] homophobia”.

In fact, we’ve had a chance to review portions of the curriculum and are already alarmed by lessons that require students to “rethink” and “revise” their “misconceptions” on gender, sex, and sexuality, encouraging students to share their “new thinking” on these concepts with the class after the end of a lesson. These types of lesson objectives are rooted in cultural Marxism and have the primary goal of attacking the cultural and moral underpinnings of Western Civilization – the church and family. They have no place in our public-school classrooms!

If you believe in what we’re doing and believe parents must have a way to protect their children from this harmful agenda, please donate today and help us to continue to stand strong for Garden State families. We promise we’ll continue to fight for your family values in New Jersey.

Working for a better NJ,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Len Deo
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council