As our organization travels the state presenting the troubling facts about public education in New Jersey, we are constantly asked if the lessons and library books we use as samples are in a specific local school district. The answer is “we don’t know.”

We explain the difference between the state laws approved by the legislative majority and signed by Governor Murphy, and the state learning standards approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education. We offer examples of lessons that were developed by leftwing activist groups that have been officially or unofficially recommended by state officials. Schools are not required to use these particular lessons, but they are examples of the problematic propaganda that has infiltrated government schools by giving radical political organizations access to young children. This would include the following:

Curriculum Organization
LGBT “contributions” law Garden State Equality
Sex Ed Learning Standards Advocates for youth
Diversity and Inclusion law Learning for Justice
.      .   

Yet, there is another issue beyond curriculum – library books that are accessible to minors that contain graphic pornographic illustrations or highly sexualized descriptions of masturbation and oral sex. This is a brief list of just some of the books that have either been assigned as recommended reading or made available to students in school libraries in New Jersey.

All Boys Aren’t Blue

Becoming Nicole – The Transformation of an American Family

Black Queer Southern Women

Fun Home: A Graphic Novel

Gender Queer

George

I Hope We Can Choose Love – A Trans Girl’s Notes

Lawn Boy

Raising Rosie – Our Story of an Intersex Child

She He They Me – For the Sisters Misters

This Book is Gay

Parents have valid objections to these books, so we took action! Our team met with legislators from various legislative districts to share with them photos and quotes from some of the books listed above. Our request was simple, fair, and uncontentious. Parents want transparency in education to extend beyond lessons in all subjects. They want to know what books, some featuring narratives of erotic porn, are sitting on the shelves of their child’s school library.

Parents have the right to know!

We are excited to share with you that the legislative team in District 10 (Senator James Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano) have introduced Senate bill 2722 and Assembly bill 3887. This bill will require each public school to post on their website a comprehensive list of all resources available in the school library.

Here is what these legislators have to say about this bill. Media across the state are talking about it too: WOBM FM and 101.5FM

And this all started with you!

Parents shared these books with us. We made appointments to meet with legislators to advocate for you and speak up for your parental rights. After discussion and follow up, legislators sent a draft of the bill to us. Our policy attorney reviewed it. The legislative team introduced it.

This is why we need your support! There is still a long way to go in New Jersey. Introducing the bill is step one in a lengthy process. We are still fighting for transparency in all subjects, and to Repeal the Sex Ed learning standards, Replace the so-called diversity curriculum law, and Restore parental rights. Will you consider financially supporting Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey this month? Remember these three words: Repeal, Replace & Restore. Going forward, you are going to hear them over and over.

Fighting for your family,

Len Deo
Founder

As of this week, one in three states now have laws to #SaveGirlsSports. That’s more than double the number of states with similar laws last summer!

But now, the Biden Administration plans to propose a rule that would redefine “sex” in a federal law known as Title IX. This proposed rule will likely:

It’s part of a broader effort to push woke ideology in our children’s schools, from school policies to curriculum and beyond.

Americans are not on board with this agenda – and key leaders agree. Earlier this spring we sat down with someone who helped safeguard Title IX: former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Now, as we anticipate the coming Biden rule, we wanted to share that conversation with you NEXT WEEK!

YOU’RE INVITED

Fighting for Our Children’s Futures
A Conversation with Secretary Betsy DeVos

Tuesday, May 31

1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Secretary DeVos served as the 11th Secretary of Education under President Trump. She has been active in politics for over 35 years, having served in many leadership roles. In education policy in particular, she has been involved for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a quality education.

Join us to hear about all things education reform, from educational freedom (school choice) to combatting woke ideology in schools. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, or just someone concerned about our children’s future, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

See you next week on Facebook and YouTube!

Meridian Baldacci
Director of Strategy

P.S. Be sure to pass this invitation along to a friend who should attend, too! You can forward this invite or tag them on Facebook!

As of last week, one in three states now have laws to #SaveGirlsSports. That’s more than double the number of states with similar laws last summer!

But now, the Biden Administration plans to propose a rule that would redefine “sex” in a federal law known as Title IX. This proposed rule will likely:

It’s part of a broader effort to push woke ideology in our children’s schools, from school policies to curriculum and beyond.

Americans are not on board with this agenda – and key leaders agree. Earlier this spring we sat down with someone who helped safeguard Title IX: former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Now, as we anticipate the coming Biden rule, we wanted to share that conversation with you today!

YOU’RE INVITED

Fighting for Our Children’s Futures
A Conversation with Secretary Betsy DeVos

TODAY – Tuesday, May 31

1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Secretary DeVos served as the 11th Secretary of Education under President Trump. She has been active in politics for over 35 years, having served in many leadership roles. In education policy in particular, she has been involved for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a quality education.

Join us to hear about all things education reform, from educational freedom (school choice) to combatting woke ideology in schools. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, or just someone concerned about our children’s future, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

See you today on Facebook and YouTube! (If you are seeing this message late or miss joining us today, you can always watch the videos at these links any time.)


Meridian Baldacci
Director of Strategy

P.S. Be sure to pass this invitation along to a friend who should attend, too! You can forward this invite or tag them on Facebook!

This past Monday, May 9, Senator Vin Gopal (D-Freehold) introduced his “Transparency in Health and Physical Education” bill in the Senate Education Committee. He is the chairman of this committee and therefore oversees the bills that are allowed to be publicly heard and debated. Our team was there to speak in favor of transparency in education, but we, along with many parents and other parental rights organizations, had to oppose this specific bill.

Because parents rose up and once again expressed their objection to the new sex-ed learning standards that will go into effect this upcoming school year, Senator Gopal said, according to the media, that he would support transparency in education for ALL subjects. Sadly, at his first opportunity to introduce a bill that would mandate school districts post ALL curriculum, lessons, and learning materials online, was limited to just Health Class.

This is troubling because lessons that promote transgenderism to young children can legally be taught in NJ public schools in multiple subjects starting in kindergarten. Schools are not obligated to teach lessons regarding gender identity outside of health class, but they are able to do so if the local school board wants to.

Our team recommended the Senate Education Committee support a bill that was first introduced in June 2021 and reintroduced in the new legislative session in February 2022. This bill is sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sparta) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville). It requires schools to post on their website ALL curriculum and learning materials 30 days before the school year begins. Senator Gopal committed to reaching out to the bill sponsors to discuss this bill. He explained the reason he decided to initially only support “Health Class” transparency was not to confuse parents on what classes they can opt out of.

Despite his reasoning, why could he not allow two Transparency in Education bills to be discussed in the same Senate Education Committee hearing? The first bill could be limited to health class with opt-out language, with the second bill for ALL other subjects. The reason might be the testimony of the NJ Education Association (NJEA) in their support of his transparency in “Health Class” bill. They thanked him for working with them in drafting the bill language. In other words, the NJEA – not parents – had the final say on what type of transparency there would be!

Finally, another very troublesome component of Senator Gopal’s bill is the fact that parents would be given an opportunity to express their concerns and objections over sex-ed lessons after local school boards approve them. Parents would essentially be left out of the developmental process of these lessons. We are not surprised because they were left out of the developmental process in drafting the bill language.

While we certainly have major concerns about the end product of Sen. Gopal’s bill, we are extremely thankful that Senator Gopal is leading a bipartisan effort to rebuild trust in NJ public schools. He was very kind and respectful to the parents who passionately shared their concerns. This was refreshing for a change! We look forward to working with him on future legislation. Senator Gopal gives us a new hope in finding a resolution for families.

Download our free resource “Diversity or Deception to learn the difference between the Sex Ed Learning Standards and the Diversity and Inclusion law. Get the facts and learn how these separate curriculum issues found their way into your child’s classroom.

Fighting for your families here in the Garden State!

Len Deo
Founder

There are some things that should be so basic and common in the roles and responsibilities of parenthood that most reasonably minded people can agree upon them. For instance, parents should be allowed to know what the government is teaching their children and have the fundamental right to have a clear understanding of the educational, emotional, and social development of their child. I don’t believe these “parental rights” would be a contentious view in any free and open society.

But this is 2022, and we are living in NJ! Unfortunately, we live under a determined leftist administration that prefers to ban parents from the classroom than ban books in the classroom. But I know this – parents from both political parties agree there should be greater transparency in education. Who wants their child to be educated behind a veil of secrecy? CLICK HERE TO HELP US CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR RIGHTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

Though federal law guarantees parents the right to review curriculum, parents in NJ often have to meet with school administrators and fill out public records requests to obtain their child’s curriculum. This puts an undue burden on parents, making access to these records extremely difficult.

Thankfully, legislators here in NJ have introduced a bill (Assembly Bill 370/Senate Bill 1571) that would mandate schools make available curriculum, textbooks, and lesson materials to parents for inspection and review – by posting them online 30 days before the start of a school year. We have been meeting with bill sponsors and other legislators in support of this bill over the past few weeks. More meetings have already been scheduled.

This bill is a major legislative priority for the families of NJ, and we commit to advocating for you with state legislators on this issue. But there is something that you can do to help us in our advocacy. We are searching for “School Observers” to request curriculum from their child’s school. This helps us share real stories with legislators of parents in their district who have to face time-consuming obstacles to access their federal parental rights.

If you are interested in being a “school observer,” please fill out this form and we will be in contact with you. Please keep in mind, your child must be in grades K-12 in a NJ public school to be one of our observers.

Fighting for your families here in the Garden State!

Len Deo
Founder

Dear Friends,

This week, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) announced their new and revised Social Studies Standards as a rule for all public schools and state charters in New Mexico. The controversy over this new curriculum is that there is heavy concern about the presence of Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ+ agenda elements that begin in the kindergarten classroom and grow from one grade level to the next.

Many letters and voices flooded the PED during the public comment period that expressed concern over the proposed standards as “divisive, biased, or negative,” as well as concern that the new standards “embody critical race theory.”  Concern was also voiced regarding the topic of “identity” within the standard.

Unfortunately, while many concerns were noted, the PED revisions, released this week, have been ineffective in removing elements of CRT and introducing the LGBTQ+ agenda into the education standard as early as Kindergarten.

New Mexico families are under attack as this Woke agenda takes position to fill the classroom and threatens to hijack our children’s education.

So, what can we do?

The legislative process still exists! Although the PED would make parents and teachers believe that there is no other option, we can stand strong!

Some good news…

Here at Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we are working on a Transparency in Education Act that will allow parents rights to be protected in the classroom. We will share more information in the months to come regarding this bill and the sponsors who have agreed to introduce it in the next legislative session.

It’s time to take action!

My husband and I have four children. We do not wish them to be ignorant to the things that are happening in our world, but we absolutely expect to be able to teach them in our own time and on our own terms. Every parent has the right to do the same. Will you stand with us to protect New Mexico families?

Standing for our families,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director


A school district in Virginia has been making national news since this summer when a teacher was suspended for refusing to use opposite-sex pronouns to refer to his students. The Loudoun County School District has continued to make headlines over Critical Race Theory debates, passage of a new “transgender and gender fluid student rights policy,”* and more.

Most recently – and most disturbingly –the district is under fire for transferring a male student charged with sexual assault (forcible sodomy) from one high school to another, and attempting to cover up the incident. The boy is accused of rape in both schools. He allegedly assaulted one girl in a classroom and one in the girls’ restroom, where he was allowed to enter under the district’s transgender policy.

While news like this can evoke discouragement and even hopelessness, a group of engaged parents in Loudoun County is giving us all reason to hope.

Fight for Schools is comprised of caring parents who are locking arms and collectively saying “enough is enough” in their school district. They are making waves—and making a difference—as they fight for truth and safety in their schools. One way they are doing so is through recall campaigns for five out of nine school board members. As they pursue accountability in Loudoun County, they’ve also called for the resignation of Superintendent Scott Ziegler. The latest good news is in the form of a resignation: Loudoun County school board member Beth Barts issued her resignation one week ago—and even the liberal media is giving credit to these parents.

If Loudoun County is front and center in the battle for our schools, the backdrop is liberal politicians and political appointees advocating against parental involvement in schools.

A few weeks ago, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe unbelievably said in a campaign debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach” and then doubled down on his view in media interviews following. The same week, President Biden’s Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona refused to agree with the premise that parents are the primary stakeholders in their children’s education during a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill. If that wasn’t enough, the Biden Administration has taken shocking action to “show parents who’s boss” by directing the FBI to investigate parents who speak up in their local school districts!

These events are disillusioning (to say the least), but they also underscore why the actions of parents – like those who comprise Fight for Schools in Loudoun County – have never been more important.

As a parent myself, I’ve come to realize that it is not enough to complain and despair about the battles being waged against our children in school. If I am not willing to engage, voice my opinion, and advocate for my kids’ safety and for truth taught in our schools, who will?

If you agree but feel uncertain about what to do or how to do it, let me encourage you to download a copy of FPA’s Back to School for Parents guide. I’ll draw your attention to pages 5-9 which explains in simple terms who has educational authority in our schools and how parents can effectively advocate for their children in public schools.

If you are a parent with children in public school, I hope you will consider making your voice heard. We at FPA stand ready and willing to help you do so, and we’re thankful for those of you who partner with us to make resources like the Back to School for Parents guide possible.

For our kids,

Amanda Banks
Vice President, Education

 

 

*According to the Loudoun Times, “Loudoun’s Policy 8040 allows students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their consistently asserted gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record. The policy also allows for access to a number of student activities and facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms. Further, the policy states that all school mental health professionals shall complete training on topics relating to LGBTQ+ students, including procedures for preventing and responding to bullying, harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and expression.”

In 1943, as war raged around the globe, C.S. Lewis delivered a series of lectures that were later turned into an extraordinary book entitled, The Abolition of Man. As the world reached the height of its deadliest conflict in history, Lewis warned of a very different lethal threat emerging in his day. In the very first line of the book, Lewis writes, “I doubt whether we are sufficiently attentive to the importance of elementary text-books.”

Lewis explains his case by carefully dissecting a school textbook he calls, “The Green Book.” This book, based upon a real book (which we now know to be, “The Control of Language: A Critical Approach to Reading and Writing”) expresses “disgust” at the idea that a poem can declare a waterfall to be “sublime” or “pretty.” The reason for the teachers’ disgust is the claim that the poet can only speak of how he felt about a waterfall rather than state as a truth that a waterfall is “pretty.” Lewis’ concern was that the teachers were saying that things cannot be objectively true, that all value statements only explain the emotional state of the speaker and are therefore unimportant.

As I read Lewis’ work I could identify with his concerns, expressed nearly 80 years ago. He was uncanny in his prediction that the subjection of truth to feelings would lead to a future where a small cabal of people manipulate humanity through psychology. He relayed that the idea of relativism is patently absurd and that a deep thinker would never allow it. Then, he warns that the only way such an idea could sway minds is through the indoctrination of the young. He states:

“The very power of (the authors) depends on the fact that they are dealing with a boy: a boy who thinks he is ‘doing’ his ‘English prep’ and has no notion that ethics, theology, and politics are all at stake. It is not a theory they put into his mind, but an assumption, which ten years hence, its origin forgotten and its presence unconscious, will condition him to take one side in a controversy which he has never recognized as a controversy at all.” Lewis, C. S. (2019-09-29T23:58:59). The Abolition of Man.

Today, his prophecy has come true. Pop psychology insists that you are who you are based upon feelings rather than objective facts. Our nation starts to buckle under the question of which truth to follow or whether there is truth at all.

It is into this intersection, this junction of truth and culture that Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming stands tall and says, “Waterfalls can be sublime, truth is knowable, and mankind cannot be abolished in a sea of made-up feelings!”

I am asking you to stand with us. You can stand for truth. Please donate to this great cause by giving to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming today.

Advancing Biblical Citizenship,

Nathan Winterws
Executive Director

 

 

 

With students returning to the classroom this fall, the battle for the minds of the emerging generation is escalating. Parents have amplified their voices at local school board hearings and through grassroots advocacy efforts, yet what has become more apparent than ever is the need for greater involvement in the education of our children.

Parents are the primary educators of their children. Though they may choose to entrust their child to a government school, parents are ultimately responsible for overseeing their children’s education. So, what can parents do when they see some within the government schools try to educate children away from the self-evident truth of God’s Word?

First, understand these controversial lessons are only supporting the larger cultural narrative that children are being swept up into. Social media influencers on Tik Tok and Instagram have more influence over your child than a teacher. We regularly encourage parents to request lesson plans and review curriculum even to the point of recently having to pursue legal action in Cheyenne to help parents. However, if you take these actions, but never check what phone apps your child spends hours engaged in, you might have overlooked the most dangerous tool being used against your family.

Second, talk to your children appropriately about sex and gender. Ask questions and listen to their answers. Use our Gender Resource Guide as a conversation starter. Prepare yourself with biblical answers presented intellectually and compassionately. Our friends at Focus on the Family have many Sex Education resources. Don’t just have this conversation once. It must be an ongoing dialogue as your beliefs can be intentionally undermined at school multiple times throughout K-12 primary education.

Third, spend time with your family. Yes, it’s that simple. Experts agree that a child’s development is influenced predominantly by their family because it is the primary social group they belong to. Family movie nights and taco Tuesdays are beneficial to building familial bonds that are not easily broken. Most importantly, bring them to church each week and have them participate in youth ministry or a small group Bible study.

These suggestions might sound basic, but the reality is most of us need to improve in all three areas. I pray you stay encouraged and optimistic that you can make a difference in your child or grandchild’s life.

Standing with you in protecting your family,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

Long before we reach adulthood, we learn this simple truth: God made everyone different. We are all unique: our circumstances, our strengths, and our weaknesses often require individualized approaches.

While most see this self-evident truth as children, our education system often fails to recognize this reality. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work! Last year, as parents attempted to navigate through the challenges of our education system—a challenge made even more complex as the response to Covid-19 unfolded – this reality became even clearer.  Every parent wants their children to succeed, but across America we saw that states with educational choice were far better equipped to help families seek the best options for their children.

Sadly, according to EdChoice, 95.1% of Wyoming’s children have no alternative to the public education system. This places Wyoming 50th (dead last) in the nation for school choice, even after many years of work on educational options.

In 1971, my father saw firsthand the effects of the National Education Association on Christian kids in the public school system. He resigned as a public-school principal and started a private school to teach the timeless truths of Christianity and Western civilization.  I am so thankful that I grew up in a home where the classics were loved, history was treated with value, and the sciences were treated with respect. As his son, I am so thankful for his vision and for the wonderful education he and my mother worked so hard to provide.

That is why Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is happy to partner with schools and families to grow parent-driven and student-centered education. We are excited to welcome you to ED307, an effort to promote religious and private education in homes and schools across the state of Wyoming. We are happy to join with Representative Sue Wilson as we work to bring resources to help current schools and to promote new school opportunities across the state of Wyoming.  This will happen by providing a forum for successful schools to share their best practices, offering online webinars from leading private school experts on good school administration, and watching for legislative roadblocks.  We look forward to a fruitful endeavor this school year and in the years ahead.

Of course, we will continue to stand for what is good and true in the public education system. Our commitment is to stand for truth in every arena. Please consider a donation to the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming as we stand for our children!

For Truth,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director