On Monday, the Parental Rights Foundation submitted a nine-page letter as our official public comment in response to the Biden Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making related to Title IX. The reason we submitted this public comment is because the proposed regulation includes certain provisions that threaten parental rights.
For background, a few months ago, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it was considering making significant changes to the regulations implementing the landmark law that Congress passed in 1972, Title IX. These proposed changes were included in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, or an NPRM.
When Congress passed Title IX, the key reason was to ensure that girls and women had the opportunity to play sports in public schools and colleges and universities, just as boys and men did. The U.S. Department of Education’s main focus with the proposed regulations is to broaden Title IX to meet the Biden Administration’s focus on transgender and gender identity issues.
Numerous organizations have raised legitimate concerns about these issues in the context of public education. But few have addressed how the regulations include certain provisions that could weaken parental rights. That’s why we submitted this public comment. And under the Administrative Procedure Act, codified at 5 U.S.C. § 551 et seq. that was passed by Congress in 1946, federal agencies are required to review, consider, and respond to every single substantive comment on a proposed regulation.
Our public comment focuses on six ways that the proposed regulation would threaten parental rights.
As an organization that has been fighting to protect children by empowering parents for the last 15 years, we are proud to be able to use our expertise to help shape the public conversation and the laws and regulations of our nation to better protect the God-given right of parents to raise their children. But it is because of you and your faithful generosity over the years that we are able to do this. Our submission of this public comment is because of you.
As we were writing our public comment, it was readily apparent that the fight to protect parental rights from unelected bureaucrats at the federal level would be significantly improved if there was a Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. (The Parental Rights Amendment would also protect parents and families in numerous other ways, as well.) Therefore, we are meeting with allied organizations and Members of Congress to reintroduce the Parental Rights Amendment in the next Congress. Stay tuned!
President, Parental Rights Foundation