Georgia Democrat’s comments illustrative of left’s contempt for school choice, parental rights issues.
A Democrat Georgia state rep argued in support of wresting control of students’ educational decisions away from parents who don’t have a high school diploma.
The remarks came Monday as the Georgia House Education Subcommittee on Policy passed the Georgia Promise Scholarship Act which gives $6,000 scholarships to be used toward education expenses for students attending the lowest 25% of public schools underperforming academically.
“I’d like to offer just some friendly advice too,” Rep. Lydia Glaize told the bill’s author Sen. Greg Dolezal. “As an educator, I helped start the first charter school in Fulton County, I’ve been a homeschooler and I worked in private education. The majority of our metro school districts would not be able to take advantage of this.”
The lowest 25% of schools are located in Southern Georgia, Glaize noted, adding the region “did not have a high number of private schools.”
She continued: “I do know that in private schools there is a requirement on who can get into the school. I see access as a problem. I see parents being able to direct their child’s education, and they’re already in the lower 25 percentile… A lot of those parents did not finish high school.”
“I am extremely concerned that we would put money in their hands and that entire piece of life in the hands of parents who are not qualified to make those decisions, and they don’t have the money to put in the difference that their child would need to attend a private school if there were in there already region,” she added.
As if somehow thinking it proved her point, elsewhere during her testimony Glaize admitted her children actually attend private school.
The Georgia rep’s comments add to a growing chorus of leftist educators and legislators speaking out against school choice and parental rights, as more parents speak up at school board meetings against CRT and LGBTQ material being taught in class.
Last February, an Arizona teacher argued against a bill barring LGBTQ books from schools claiming it overrode her academic authority and that parents who don’t have masters degrees shouldn’t have the right to decide what their children learn.
“I have a Master’s degree, because when I got certified, I was told I had to have a Master’s degree to be an Arizona-certified teacher. We all have advanced degrees! What do the parents have? Are we vetting the background of our parents?” the teacher said.
“Are we allowing the parents to choose the curriculum and the books that our children are going to read? I think that it’s a mistake, and I’m just speaking from the heart.”