McCarthy Responds As Trust In Public Schools At Record Low

In a Monday statement, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to a new poll showing that Americans’ trust in public schools has hit a record low — noting that “parents deserve better, and frankly, so do their kids.”

More Americans are waking up to the disastrous results of the public school system, prompted by what they witnessed when their children were learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it was already obvious from declining test scores over recent decades, hearing teachers pushing far-left talking points to children first-hand over Zoom classes was the breaking point for many parents.

The school choice movement has grown over the past few years as many parents have begun demanding to be given the opportunity to pull their children from failing government schools — where the focus appears to be more on pushing the woke agenda and less on learning core concepts.

In a survey released in July, Gallup found that confidence in public schools had fallen to just 26% — down from 28% in 2022 and 32% in 2021.

Responding to this poll, McCarthy released a statement condemning the attempts by the Biden administration to diminish parents’ role in the education and development of their children.

“Americans’ trust in public schools has reached an all-time-low with only 26% having faith in our public school system,” the statement read. “This is in large part due to the Biden administration’s policies that keep parents in the dark and diminish the central role that families play in a child’s mental, emotional, and educational development. In fact, the Biden Justice Department had the audacity to label concerned parents who spoke up at school board meetings as ‘domestic terrorists.’”

McCarthy went on to promote House Republicans’ Parents Bill of Rights — arguing that the legislation “would dramatically strengthen the role of parents in the education of their children.”

The House Speaker then demanded that the bill, which passed in the House despite being opposed by every Democrat in the chamber, be brought up for a vote in the Senate — calling on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to “allow an up-or-down vote on the Parents Bill of Rights in the Senate.”

“He owes it to parents — and to America’s kids — to prove that Democrats are not the anti-parent party,” McCarthy added.