Your support to Family Policy Alliance and the alliance of state family policy councils we host is making family policy THE issue on the ballot.

For decades we have seen our culture decline while the far Left targets our parents and kids. Our parents have been told they don’t matter. They want families to forego the hopes and dreams we have for our children and allow them to be indoctrinated by the divisive and failed ideology of state-controlled thought.

At Family Policy Alliance, we were encouraged by the election results in Virginia and New Jersey. We know that the ground that was gained yesterday for families in America was huge. We also know that it was just a beginning—the opening battles in a much larger fight as we head into 2022.

The far Left and their leaders don’t want the voice of parents to matter. They aren’t going to stand down or change direction willingly. We know this. There is too much at stake for them and their decades-long plan to erase families—from conception of our children through their education and how they choose to live, work and enjoy the greatness of America that God has blessed us with.

The time is now, and our moment is here. We need to rise to this challenge and make sure that the victory in Virginia and gains in New Jersey are not just one-and-done events. You saw for yourself the power of leaders who don’t shrink from standing up for our values in family policy. The far Left threw everything and the kitchen sink at the candidates yesterday. They even resorted to calling Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin and Lt. Governor-elect Winsome Sears (the first African American woman elected statewide in Virginia) racist because they believe in – you guessed it – families and parents.

Family Policy Alliance is America’s leading national organization standing up for the civil rights of parents and families in state, local and federal policy. What makes us unique is our focus on organizing, educating and mobilizing around family policy.

We host an alliance of the most talented, impactful and amazing organizations working to advance the rights of families in America. What made the success possible yesterday was the work two of the forty state organizations in that alliance. The Family Foundation in Virginia and Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey organized, educated and mobilized voters like never before. And the leaders in Washington DC, pundits and news stations all took notice. It was their work and the good people who support it locally that ushered in this huge change in the national conversation about families.

And this work is just beginning. FPA hosts this alliance so the lessons learned that led to the victories for families last night can be shared across America as we head into 2022. Together, our organizations will invest more than $30 million just this year in the cause of family policy. Our alliance has more than 300 employees, dozens of lawyers, millions of advocates and more than 40,000 churches.

If you don’t already support the work of your state Family Policy Council Alliance member, we encourage you to get involved now!

Thank you again for your amazing support of  Family Policy Alliance. Praise God that he is using each of us in such a powerful way for families today!!

Please, stay plugged in. Look for the videos and invitations we send for you to participate. Support your state organization, and if you are in one of the states yet to have its own organization (OR, NV, IL, VT, OK, – help us create one there now!

Thanks again and may God bless your family,

Craig DeRoche
President and CEO

This week, the Biden Administration directed the FBI to conduct meetings in every federal judicial district related to “threats” and “terrorism” in local school districts.

Why? Because parents are standing up and speaking out against radical ideologies like gender theory, critical race theory, and more at their local school board meetings. Now, the Department of Justice is deploying the FBI to investigate your community.

To be clear, acts or threats of violence against school boards members are wrong.

However, the federal government is now extending its long arms to areas that should be handled by local mayors, school principals and school boards, and law enforcement.

This an attempt to undermine families and self-governance—even corrupting America itself. We are a splendid chaos of tens of thousands of local civic governments made of the people, by the people and for the people. When people are allowed to dissent, that political pain can bring about much needed change. When the political leaders don’t improve things, people can vote with their feet and simply move. But that’s what extreme liberals, particularly the Biden Administration, seem to be afraid of. Their plan unravels if Americans are allowed to exercise their freedoms.

For example, Detroit Public Schools went from having 169,363 students in the year 2000 to only 47,959 students in 2015. This is what freedom looks like when parents believe that school curriculum, policy and instruction fail their kids and the school boards don’t hear their voices. Nearly all the parents took their kids to neighboring public schools that would listen to their concerns and teach their children properly.

The far Left wants to create an America where the people in Detroit can’t leave bad decision-making behind for other cities and states, and they can’t put their kids in different school districts—where parents can’t even raise their voices in the first place. They want to take away dissent and choice, spreading instead failure, flawed ideology, and the consequences of foolish decisions.

Deploying the FBI to investigate parents who are speaking against radical agendas is a grave sign that the federal government intends to create a chilling effect for those who oppose their ideologies. But parents won’t back down when it comes to their children.

Family Policy Alliance is committed to protecting the freedom of parents to dissent.

We’re actively working to thwart the Biden-Harris Department of Education’s agenda to exploit Title IX, the federal law intended to ensure equal opportunities for women and girls in education, to advance the transgender agenda. We pray for bold citizens and parents, especially those with daughters in school, to stand with us.

We’ve also heard the requests for help from countless parents over the years, asking for information about their rights, what’s going on at their child’s school, and how to protect their children. In partnership with Focus on the Family, we’ve released the first-ever Back to School for Parents Guide designed to help parents protect their children—and their parental rights—in every area of the school. Whether in the classroom, sports fields, counselor’s office, on school devices or internet, or beyond, this Guide is full of practical help for busy (and concerned!) parents. American College of Pediatricians described this Guide as “the most important book a parent will ever read.”

Download your FREE copy today!

If being a concerned parent makes you “wanted,” then we’re honored to stand with you as fellow “fugitives.”

For the America our kids deserve,

Craig DeRoche,
President & CEO

 

 

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

As students return to the classroom this week, 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 there has been little change or consideration of their views.

We know 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 to counteract the influence government schools are having on their children?

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. 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 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 will 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.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
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

Rachel Levine, President Biden’s pick for Deputy Secretary at the Health and Human Services Department, has a message for transgender-identifying students. Levine is a biological male who identifies as a woman.

 

“Back to school” is a driving force for most American families this month. Even the Biden Administration, bringing to bear the weight of three major departments—the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice—is joining in with a message for students. Specifically, students who identify as transgender.

These three departments released a video this month welcoming transgender-identifying students back to school. Their message? Transgender-identifying students have a “right” to access harmful and experimental hormones to “transition” their bodies, and girls no longer have a right to fair competition in sports.

It’s a bit of an ironic message. Children struggling with how they feel in their God-given bodies have an invented right to harm and even sterilize themselves before they reach the age of 18—yet they can’t even purchase cough syrup over-the-counter.

Meanwhile, young female athletes, who actually do have a legal right under Title IX to fair competition reserved only for girls, no longer have that right. That’s because a boy who identifies as a girl—at any time, for any reason—must be allowed to compete on girls’ teams and access girls’ championship and scholarship opportunities.

It’s also disturbing that the role of parents in raising and caring for their children —and in major decisions about physically altering their bodies to look more like the opposite sex—was missing from the video.

And the video didn’t stop there. The Biden officials also took direct shots at states whose lawmakers are boldly fighting to protect children. They criticized West Virginia for saving girls’ sports for only girls—among seven other states. And they called out Arkansas for being the first state in the nation to pass a law prohibiting harmful and experimental “gender transition” on children.

Family Policy Alliance’s message to these states: Keep up the good work! Our mission is to help as many other states as possible follow your lead in protecting children and pushing back against the Biden Administration’s harmful LGBT agenda.

Family Policy Alliance also has a very different Back-to-School message than the Biden Administration. We partnered with our friends at Focus on the Family to release the first-ever, parent-focused back-to-school guide:  Back to School—for Parents.

The Guide includes practical help on how to protect your child at school, as well as loving help for parents on how to talk with children about these difficult issues. The Guide addresses concerns parents may have for their children:

Download your free copy of Back to School—for Parents here!

Our friends at the American College of Pediatricians said: “Back to School—for Parents is the most important book a parent will ever read.”

The Biden Administration has made their position clear. They want access to our children to advance their agenda, and parents who disagree should be side-stepped.

It is more important for today’s children, perhaps more than any other generation, for parents to be both informed and equipped to protect their children. That is the heart behind Back to School—for Parents.

So, to the parents sending their children back to school—we stand with you as you protect your young ones, raise them according to biblical values, and safeguard their futures!

To the states and state lawmakers passing good legislation that protects children from harmful political agendas—we stand with you as you face political criticism and backlash from Big Business, Big Tech and Woke DC!

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Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

 

P.S. Family Policy Alliance is making it a top priority to equip parents, help parents engage in the political process when they need to protect their families, and train and equip lawmakers to boldly advance family values. The needs are growing, and we need your generous support! Please consider a gift today!

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Parents are demanding the State of New Jersey stop interfering with their authority and influence in their child’s life. Public school mandates are dictated ad nauseum by the current Legislative or Executive branch of state government.

Masks mandated.
Transgenderism mandated.
Sexual ideology mandated.

Parents have frequently protested, sent letters to legislators, and put pressure on local school boards. These “momma bear” acts are making a difference. The NJGOP is becoming more outspoken in their messaging that they ‘support parents over politics’. Without question, pollsters and consultants realize parents want their kids back.

Here are some ideas what people of faith can do on behalf of their children:

  1. Parents, consider homeschooling. New Jersey is one of the least restrictive states in the nation when it comes to home school regulations. For more information about homeschooling, please visit our friends at the Home School Legal Defense Association.
  2. Pastors, consider launching a home school co-op at your church. Teachers, would you consider tutoring students in your church for free? This can help assist parents who feel the public school system is no longer inclusive to their family and sense that it may be medically harmful to their children. Many churches have the facilities and professionals to offer parents an option that works for them. This real felt need of working-class families can be met by the Church.
  3. Volunteer your time to help pro-family candidates win elections this year. From school board races to legislative seats, a change in leadership is often decided by the grassroots getting out the vote. Only 37% of registered voters participated in the last gubernatorial election back in 2017.
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    In the previous legislative election in 2019, some districts only had 28% turnout! Take, for example, Legislative District 2 (parts of Atlantic County). There, current State Assembly incumbents mandated transgender lessons in kindergarten. They then voted to remove the religious exemption for vaccinations, and extended Governor Murphy’s emergency powers until January 2022. To get elected, these Assembly members received only 23,211 votes out of 154,644 registered voters! Tragically, even though 72% of registered voters did not choose them, they have been casting votes for years that undermined parental authority because they won with 28% of overall possible votes. This should not be.

Please continue to mobilize and respectfully express your views. In the final analysis, we are responsible before God for our child’s education, and we can make a difference who governs our families.

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

“We cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans.”

 Voddie T. Baucham

Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia.

School choice has been a major priority for Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey. We know that parents have the strongest incentives to do what’s best for their kids. Thankfully, more than half of the United States offers families real educational choice options. Fourteen states offer Education Savings Accounts that allows the money to follow the child to help fund whatever education choice their parent decides – private school, home school, tutoring, and more. New Jersey is not yet one of those states.

A recent study by the Associated Press showed a 3% decline in public school enrollment in New Jersey for this upcoming school year. “The biggest decrease was among economically disadvantaged students, where enrollment numbers fell -10.02 percent.” Parents seem to be seeking alternative options for their students, perhaps because the public schools are failing them.  According to 2021 study by JerseyCAN, Covid has worsened the crisis:

Parents want options.
Parents want answers.
Parents want accountability.

They refuse to allow their children to be indoctrinated with sexual and racist ideology by left leaning activists.

That is why we are so excited to announce Leo Terrell as this year’s speaker for our annual Guardian of the Family Fundraising Gala – A Better Future: Parental rights in school choice and the problems in public education.

Leo Terrell is a Fox News contributor, podcast host, civil rights attorney, author, and former school teacher. He is a strong advocate for parents making decisions in education, not unions or state legislatures. This one minute video communicates how strongly Leo believes the family unit is what makes this nation great.

Save the Date: Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021
Location: The Venetian, Garfield, NJ
Time: 6:30-9:00PM

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

On Thursday, June 24, the full state Senate voted on A5597. This bill amends the current law that gives schools the ability to administer student surveys on sensitive issues including sexual behaviors and attitudes. Presently, schools in New Jersey must send home forms for parents to grant permission for their student to participate in these personal and probing sexual health surveys.

The proposed change in New Jersey law would remove the requirement for parents to pro-actively opt their student into the health surveys. Instead, every student would automatically be given the survey unless their parent in writing requested for them to be excused from it.

What is the reason for this change? According to the language of the bill, not enough parents are giving schools the permission to ask their children these sex-based health questions. What do the bill sponsors recommend as the solution? Simple: stop asking the parents for their permission!

Two Republican senators stood up on the Senate floor to urge Democrats to amend this bill or vote against it.

First, Senator Steve Oroho (R–Sparta) made public comments against it.

“I rise in opposition to this bill. What it does is take away the proactive parental consent. Silence does not equal parental consent. There are some very controversial topics in here. I propose the bill is placed back on second reading for amendment.”

His request was rejected 25-15 on a partisan party-line vote.

Then, Senator Holly Schepisi (R–Westwood) stood in opposition, communicating the concerns she heard about this bill during the Senate Education Committee hearing.

“We had testimony from our superintendents and principals that they don’t want this bill either. Over the past year, there has been a complete eroding of trust between parents, board of education, superintendents, and principals. Through no fault of their own, they are in a very precarious place due to legislative initiatives that we put forth changing curriculum on them… Parents right now do not trust their boards of Ed of their schools… Superintendents and principals acknowledge this and said this bill, and the timing of this bill, is going to further erode that trust and create much more of an adversarial position between the schools, and the children, and the parents. For that reason, I would ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to respectively rethink their position of voting yes.”

Her request was once again denied on a partisan party-line vote.

The results are in.

YES vote = I do not believe
schools should ask
parents for their permission
NO vote = I believe schools should
ask parents to actively grant permission
James Beach, Cherry Hill (D) Christopher Bateman, Somerville (R)
Richard Codey, Livingston (D) Chris Brown, Linwood (R)
Nilsa Cruz Perez, Camden (D) Anthony Bucco, Denville (R)
Joseph Cryan, Union (D) Christopher Connors, Forked River (R)
Sandra Cunningham, Jersey City (D) Kristin Corrado, Totowa (R)
Patrick Diegnan, South Plainfield (D) Michael Doherty, Washington (R)
Nia Gill, Montclair (D) James Holzapefel, Brick (R)
Vin Gopal, Freehold (D) Thomas Kean, Westfield (R)
Linda Greenstein, Cranbury (D) Declan O’Scanlon, Holmdel (R)
Joseph Lagana, Paramus (D) Steven Oroho, Sparta (R)
Fred Madden, Turnersville (D) Joseph Pennacchio, Montville (R)
Nellie Pou, Paterson (D) Holly Schepisi, Westwood (R)
Ronald Rice, Newark (D) Robert Singer, Lakewood (R)
Teresa Ruiz, Newark (D) Michael Testa, Cape May Court House (R)
Nicholas Sacco, North Bergen (D) Samuel Thompson, Old Bridge (R)
Paul Sarlo, Wood-Ridge (D)
Nicolas Scutari, Linden (D)
Troy Singleton, Moorestown (D)
Bob Smith, Piscataway (D)
Brain Stack, Jersey City (D)
Stephen Sweeney, West Deptford (D)
Shirley Turner, Ewing Township (D)
Joseph Vitale, Woodbridge (D)
Loretta Weinberg, Teaneck (D)

Dawn Addiego, Medford (D) did not vote

 

Remember, you can hold your elected officials accountable both NOW by contacting them, and in elections!

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland,
Executive Director

 

As an 80’s kid, I remember the public service announcement that came on TV each night after watching the safe sitcoms of a distant era of prime-time television. Just as bedtime approached before the nightly news, a short but repetitive question was asked to parents on a daily basis, “It’s 10 PM. Do you know where your children are?”

Nearly forty years later, the world is not same. I am now the adult, major networks offer few family friendly programs, and the question parents have to answer has dramatically changed. Sadly, we must ask: “It’s 8 AM. Do you know what gender your children are?”

In 2018, the New Jersey State Board of Education published their transgender guidance for school districts because of a specific law passed by the legislator in 2017 (N.J.S.A. 18a:36-41) that directed the Commissioner of Education to develop and distribute guidelines concerning transgender students. This included defining transgenderism and ensuring a student’s chosen gender identity remain confidential and concealed – even from their parents!

Although Governor Chris Christie’s administration passed the 2017 law, it was Governor Murphy’s administration that wrote and published the transgender guidelines for school districts we have now. They specifically call for a “student centered” approach:


Student-Centered Approach
A school district shall accept a student’s asserted gender identity; parental consent is not required. Further, a student need not meet any threshold diagnosis or treatment requirements to have his or her gender identity recognized and respected by the district, school or school personnel. Nor is a legal or court-ordered name change required. There is no affirmative duty for any school district personnel to notify a student’s parent or guardian of the student’s gender identity or expression.(page 2-3, Transgender Student Guidance for School Districts)

 

This means your child can leave your house identifying as the gender that matches their biological sex, but then change their name, pronoun, clothes, and self-proclaimed gender identity at school, and you would never know. Because of this law, school districts statewide have adopted policies that prohibit teachers from telling parents the gender identity of their own children.

In other words, schools have legally obligated teachers to deceive parents!

It is happening more than you realize. Tragically, I have spoken to dozens of New Jersey public school teachers that are grieved and rightfully angered over this. One teacher, Rob DeJulia,  a 20-year teacher in the Vernon Township School District, recently testified in opposition to this policy at a local school board meeting. If you are a public school teacher and want to voice your concerns along with other teachers, please contact us.

Summer break is here, but schools will restart in two months. Parents will need to answer this question as their children walk on the school bus this September: “It’s 8 AM Do I know what gender my children are?”

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director