On January 23, Representatives Ron Kresha and Josh Heintzeman introduced HF682 to propose an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution protecting parental rights in their child’s education. The bill guarantees “the liberty of a parent to direct the education of their child [as] a fundamental right to choose, as an alternative to public education, a private, religious, or home school, and the right to make reasonable choices within a public school for their child.”
This is a terrific resolution that will establish parental rights in education as fundamental rights in the Minnesota Constitution, just as they have been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in a consistent string of cases dating back 100 years to Meyer v. Nebraska (1923).
The day it was introduced, HF682 was referred to the House Committee on Education Policy.
Today, we are asking you to contact your member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and ask them to support HF682. If they are on the House Education Policy Committee, ask them to call for a hearing and to vote the resolution out of committee. If not, ask them to vote for the resolution when it comes to the House floor.
Your message, which should be in your own words, can be as simple as this:
I am calling to ask my representative to support HF682 proposing an amendment to protect parental rights. The vital role of a parent in the life of a child must be protected. It’s time for the Minnesota Constitution to catch up with a hundred years of U.S. Supreme Court precedent and protect these rights with the respect they deserve. (If my representative is on the House Committee on Education Policy, I ask him or her to call for a hearing on HF682 and to vote it out of committee.)
If you email your lawmaker, you might include this link to our video explaining why fundamental parental rights are so important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cqRWQa6e28
Thank you for standing with us to protect children by empowering parents through constitutional efforts like HF362 in the Minnesota House.