Alaska sole representative in Congress Rep. Mary Peltola joined her fellow voting Democrats in a failed effort to block Republican legislation aimed at defending and strengthening parental rights in public schools.

Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska)

On March 24, House Republicans passed legislation titled the Parents Bill of Rights, on a 213-208 vote. The bill now heads to the Democratic-controlled Senate where it faces long odds.

The legislation would mandate that parents be allowed to see a list of reading materials that are provided by school libraries, and it would give parents a voice when schools create or alter policies surrounding student privacy.

The bill also states that parents are permitted to meet with their children’s teachers, while requiring that schools publicly post curriculum for the community to review. It would also require schools to provide parents with information about violence that occurs on school property.

In attempting to explain why she voted against the parental rights bill, Peltola told the Anchorage Daily News that she did so to protect students’ privacy and safety. She also claimed the bill might endanger students who are at risk of suicide.

“One of the ways I heard it characterized is as punching down on vulnerable students,” Peltola said.

It’s unclear exactly who, Peltola thought posed a threat to students in the parental rights bill, but she said the legislation puts “targets” on kids and “creates more negative attention their way.”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy presented a stark contrast to Peltola and her fellow Democrats.

Speaking on the House Floor, just before the vote, he said the parental rights bill is about giving parents a greater say in the education of their children.

“The bill before us today is about every mom, every dad, and every student in America,” he said on March 24, just before the vote. “We believe parents should be able to know when your children [are] learning, know [how] your tax dollars are being spent, and whether your child is safe in school.”

McCarthy clarified  that the bill does not give parents the right to “dictate what’s being taught,” but it does let them know what’s going on in the classrooms.
“[P]arents should be able to see their school’s curriculum, publicly know what books are in the library, and get timely notice about any plans to eliminate gifted and talented programs,” he said.

He added that parents have a right to be heard by school boards, see school budgets, control how schools use their child’s personal information, and be updated on violent activity in schools.

“It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, the zip code you live in, or the wealth you have,” McCarthy continued. “Once you are a parent, [you] will give your life for your child.”


The parental rights bill is now headed to the U.S. Senate.

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— Click here to contact Sen. Dan Sullivan.

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Rep. Peltola claims parental rights bill is a ‘threat’ to children

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Parents are the guardians of their minor children. Parents have a bond with their children. Mary Peltola does not have a bond with each family’s kids. Her vote shows that she is anti-family. CIVICS 101: The government does NOT grant any rights. The government has no RIGHT to grant ANYTHING. GOD HAS GIVEN WE THE PEOPLE our RIGHTS. The government is OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE and FOR THE PEOPLE. The government has PRIVILEGES granted to it by the PEOPLE!!! The Constitution was written to PROTECT the PEOPLE’S RIGHTS from the GOVERNMENT, and to tell the GOVERNMENT what privileges WE THE PEOPLE grant it. (But of course Civics is no longer taught in High School.)

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      Yes, YOU are the guardian of your minor children. YOU have a bond with your children. You are NOT the moral conscience for other parents. Not all parents feel the same way as you when it comes to what gets taught in school. But now it looks like curricula will be determined NOT by educators, but by which parents scream the loudest.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I am glad to hear that, once again, McCarthy is speaking in a way that represents the People and not the globalists. Murcowski is Peltola’s buddy and Sullivan is a sell-out. I have heard other news stories where enough People voiced their position on topics, so the demonrats had to acquiesce to People’s wishes. Maybe if enough Humanity-loving Alaskans share their thoughts on this, Murcowski and Sullivan would have to vote as the Humanity-loving People want them to vote. Someday…someday.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    The WHO is apparently involved in this also. Disgusting! Here is an article talking about their involvement.

    • L says:

      Friend. You link to sometimes silly websites. There’s better sources out there.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Stop World Control is one of the best websites for truth. You must be one of those trying to suppress truth. Truth is coming out – people are learning world wide – Truth wins in the end.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Well gteat article but it a total waste of my time to call, write or try to influence either RINO senators we have. I can’t tell you the last time Lisa voted Republican as she says she is. For Danny he sold us all down the rode too. we might just as well just sit back and twittel our thumbs for two more years or the rest of our lives. In two years IF we don’t take back the presidency we’re screwed. It’s now or never for America and the Republican party. Sitting your butt on the couch during this next reaction is the end for it all. Socialist China will March in and take over. Then the mouths of even the democrats will be closed. there won’t be a military, Constitution or anything as we know it. We’ll become Trumps third world shit hole as the southern border state are at this time. We’ll all lose. Mark my words. It will happen.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Neil, I agree that we are stuck with two demon-possessed senators and a demonrat in the house. All by their design. We gotta keep working at taking back control from the demons – one day at a time with an eye to the future.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    The so-called “Parental Bill of Rights” is simply the latest strategy in a decades-long GOP effort to dismantle the public school system, by intimidating teachers so much that no one will want to be a teacher. Conservatives have been trying to eliminated the Department of Education for nearly 50 years. In Florida, ONE PARENT succeeded in getting a school principal removed because a lesson on Renaissance art included a photograph of Michaelango’s “David,” perhaps the most famous sculpture in all the world.

    Of course, this “Parental Bill of Rights” will go nowhere in the Senate, and House Republicans know that, but they use it to whip the base into a frenzy.

    • Steve says:

      The public schools system needs to be dismantled. It has long since outlived it purpose and become nothing more than an indoctrination institute. Why are you afraid to give the people a choice of where their children should be educated with the money allocated by the government? Your intimidation statement is projecting what the school system is forcing onto teachers, your confused Chuck.

      • Chuck Anziulewicz says:


      • Steve P Peterson says:

        Steve, you are right on target. At the least, we must dismantle the DOE. Nothing good has happened to American public education as a result of its existence; in fact it is an impediment to good education. The states and communities should handle their own school systems. But then, I believe it is already too late for public schools, and if parents truly want their children educated, they must pull them out of public schools all together. Private schooling or home schooling is a better way to go anyway and parents shouldn’t waste any time waiting for public schools to change. Get them out!

      • steve says:

        Chuck, you are of little importance to this discussion.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      So do you, in fact, support hiding curricula from parents? Do you think it’s okay to have teachers destroy the natural innocence of children? Do you think it is okay for schools to hand out birth control to Catholic children, in direct opposition to parents’ beliefs? Do you think it is okay for guidance counselors to refer children to Planned Parenthood for abortions without notifying parents? Do you think it is a good idea to tell kindergarteners that they can switch “genders,” meaning sex? Is is good idea for teachers to “transition” children without informing parents? Nobody is “intimidating teachers,” so long as the teachers are not indoctrinating children in garbage non-science and abusing them physically and mentally. And believe me, if anyone is whipped into a frenzy, it would be the militant leftist teachers and their garbage union leadership.

      • Shelia says:

        Absolutely right on! Parents are still financially responsible for what their children do, so why is is OK for teachers to rob the parents of their rights and responsibilities? It would appear that those who support all of the nonsense being taught in the schools now is just an attempt to finally take the children away from their parents and give the government total control. If those who profess real care for our children are really honest, then why not just strengthen the abuse laws? Of course they don’t want that. They would rather see what is happening, 5 yes, 5 trans mass shootings this year. Of course, that has been submerged in the news, as well as the so-called manifesto that the trans shooter in the latest mass shooting that the FBI says must be reviewed and ‘cleaned up” before being released to the public. In short, these so-called well doers are destroying our kids. And for what? Keep fighting, Tamra!

    • Amanda Hugnkiss says:

      You are totally right. Although for them its not JUST about dismantling public education. They have been losing ground on LGBT suicide rates. More acceptance of them means more of them are surviving to adulthood, so they are fighting tooth and nail to bring back the old discriminatory rules and make even WORSE ones. Mary Peltola is 100% correct that some evil conservatives are trying to shame young children into killing themselves.

      The silver lining is that the hatemongers were too emboldened by the Trump era and they came out of the shadows. They forgot to keep their hate speech hidden behind coded dog whistles and whispered propaganda. They just blurt out every hateful thing they can think of. But they are in the light where everyone can see them. Good people recognize the evil. Thats why conservatives are losing elections so badly. They have aligned themselves with hatred and bigotry, and they forgot to keep it on the down low.

      • Nunya says:

        You leftists are so disingenuous. You disguise your sick agenda to destroy society and rebuild it in your satanic image as “love” and “tolerance” yet you exhibit neither of those traits, nor does it seem you even understand what they mean. You project your true values of hatred and intolerance of differing opinion on anyone slightly opposed or even questioning your radical crusade. For too long you have leveraged good natured people’s desire not to offend or harm to shut down dissent with your name calling and gaslighting. Well, I’m here to tell you that your character attacks against the majority of people not indoctrinated into your ideological prison are no longer going to work. Call us what you want, but understand that you’ve reached a line in the sand that you will not cross. You will no longer indoctrinate our children with impunity. You certainly will not brainwash them into believing they were born in the wrong body and the only solution is to have their flesh carved to create some Frankenstein’s monster esque creation. YOU are the evil ones. YOU are the ones lacking in character. YOU are the enemy of freedom and rational thought. History will not smile on you. May God have mercy on your soul.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Amen Nunya!

      • Dustin says:

        Nunya, you are ignorant of basic psychology and basic biology. You do not understand. Nobody TELLS a child they are trans. Some children just ARE trans. There is a reason it takes months and months of psychological evaluation and therapy and observation to get diagnosed as trans. Also, nobody TELLS a trans person to get surgery. Those are OPTIONS that all trans people have to make decisions about. Thats a personal decision thats up to every person. You do support bodily autonomy right? Or are you OK with the government dictating what operations YOU can and can’t have based on their own opinions? Doctors just present the options and give you factual information about the process and the potential benefits and potential problems. I am not trans and I know a ton about the process because the information is freely available. Why can’t you even get past ‘lgbt kids exist’?

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Dustin, you listen to and read too much demon literature.

      • Bob says:

        Sweetie pie, you need to get your head out of your butt and stop listening to MSNBC, the View and the rest of the fake news , if you are mentally capable, which appears questionable.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Uganda bans gay sex and LGBT identification. Meanwhile, in Alaska, the demonrats are pushing for this stuff. We are always behind and don’t keep up on world news.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    One room school house called home school
    Four kids , results four straight A achievements!
    Government schools are dumbing down centers!
    Applaud governor dumbleavy for his great successes in this area as well

    • Lobo says:

      We homeschooled our children, and they homeschooled their children.. Great SAT scores, and also, … They actually “know” their true gender.

  • Darrell says:

    Peltola’s response as to why she voted against the Bill is oooey-goooey nothinghess. She didn’t say anything substantive or clear. Simply a cop-out and pretty typical for the democrats who give a lot of lip service to “we care about the people” but do NOTHING to support the parents who care about and are active in their education. Voting NO by the Dems is a backhanded way of saying, “we do not want you screening what we want to teach your children.”

  • Ceak says:

    parents are being labeled as the enemy. Parents have every right to know every detail of their minor child’s life. There is no right to privacy from parents. I’m homeschooling because of the crazy time we’re in.

  • Bess says:

    Mary, you and your ilk are the real threat to children.

  • Lucinda says:

    Nunya. Can’t believe you claim that leftists are the enemy of freedom and rational thought as you try to remove a woman’s right to choose, ban books and indoctrinate kids into an anti-science world view. You use rational thought to repair your snowblower but then toss it in favor of believing in ghosts, angels, the virgin birth.

  • ML Moore says:

    Not much to add. Steve P Peterson, Tamra Hygaard, Nunya, and Dave Maxwell were spot on. Some of the others belong back in California, or back east, but they don’t belong here.
    Parents have every God given right to direct what their children learn, what they do, or don’t do, and what they are exposed too. Parents are mandated by law to care, nurture, and provide for our children. How that is done is up to the parent.
    From every city, State, and Federal institution from education up to the White House they have forgotten that we the people determine our own way, our children’s way, and our children determine theirs when they become adults. We are a Republic, not a Socialist / Communist State.

  • Jim says:

    Giving up any ink in news reporting to Mary Pelpolarize is a total waste of time.
    Simply put MP is the enemy, always was and always will be.
    Many of her own democrats now understand what a horrible error they made in voting for her.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Jim, I hope that you are right. Mary Peltola is probably related to half of the Alaska Native population and they are (or could be) a big part of the Alaska vote. If her relatives would realize what a humanity-hater she really is, we would have one less demon to worry about in the next election.

  • NAV says:

    This corrupt TOKEN is a mouth piece for demonic controlled liberal agendas

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I am so glad to hear that the native communities are speaking out on these issues affecting the children. A big thank you to Golovin School Principle Alan Davis for speaking out to protect the children, families, and parents! Prayers that many other native communities will speak out and show their support to protect the children, families and parents also. It is time for Mary Peltola and the globalists to get the message that the Alaskan Native communities still have humanity’s best interests at heart!