Owens Sends Letter Demanding Answers on Why Parents are Being Targeted by the DOJ

Washington, D.C. – Today, Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Republican Leader Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) signed onto Education and Labor Ranking Member Dr. Virginia Foxx’s (NC-05) letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding a Committee briefing regarding the administration’s recent threats against parents concerned about their children’s education.

In the letter, the Members write: “Even when the subjects may be tough, it is important for school officials, elected officials, and teachers to understand and address parents’ concerns. Violence and threats of violence are never acceptable. Neither are school boards hiding behind law enforcement rather than dealing with parents’ sincere concerns.”

The Members continue: “Sunshine on these policies is key to ensuring children receive the best education possible; your actions to dismiss or threaten the lawful expression of parents’ legitimate concerns is harmful to our nation.”

The Members specifically highlight Secretary Cardona’s disparaging comments towards parents, calling them “angry their guy didn’t win,” and the Department of Justice’s memo instructing the FBI to squash parents’ first amendment rights.

The full letter to Secretary Cardona and Attorney General Garland can be found here.

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