Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 25, 2023 / 15:18 pm
A district court judge will allow a Maryland school district to begin the school year on Monday with a new policy that keeps parents out of the loop about LGBTQ+ coursework, but parents intend to appeal that decision.
Catholic, Muslim, and Ethiopian Orthodox parents sued the Montgomery County Board of Education on May 24 after it changed its parental notification and opt-out policies. Under the new rule, which the board adopted May 1, the school district will not notify parents about reading materials that portray or promote homosexuality, transgenderism, and other aspects of gender ideology and will no longer allow parents to opt out of such coursework.
The parents asked a district court judge to prevent the school board from implementing the new policy before classes started on Aug. 28. However, the judge ruled against the parents and will allow the policy to go into effect. The parents, who are represented by the religious liberty law firm Becket, plan to appeal the decision.
“Parents know and love their children best; that’s why all kids deserve to have their parents help them understand issues like gender identity and sexuality,” Eric Baxter, a vice president and senior counsel at Becket, said in a statement. “The school board’s decision to cut parents out of these discussions flies in the face of parental freedom, childhood innocence, and basic human decency.”