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Parents around the country got a front-row seat to their kids’ educations during the COVID pandemic, when family dining room tables and living rooms became remote classrooms.
Years later, most schools have returned to in-person learning, but many parents remain more heavily involved in the education process.
Fox News Digital has spoken to parents around the country who are speaking before school boards and requesting to see curriculums, in some cases suing school districts or running for office themselves in an effort to strengthen their local education systems.
In Georgia, a school district came under fire from parents for removing a controversial syllabus from the website, which said Advanced Placement (AP) classes will teach critical race theory and Marxism.
A father in California spoke out, claiming his third-grade daughter was taught about being transgender.
In Colorado, a mom removed her daughter from public school after the student was invited to an art club, only later to discover it was a Gender and Sexuality Alliance.
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Amy Carney speaks on behalf of parents during a protest against critical race theory being taught at Scottsdale Unified School District before a digital school board meeting at Coronado High Schoo in Scottsdale on May 24, 2021. (Reuters)
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Angry parents and community members protest after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. June 22, 2021. (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)
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Heather Fruzzetti makes a public statement as people protest different issues including the board’s handling of a sexual assault that happened in a school bathroom in May, vaccine mandates and critical race theory during a Loudoun County School Board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S., October 26, 2021. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)
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A woman holds up her sign against Critical Race Theory (CRT) being taught during a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia on October 12, 2021. ( )
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Parents and community members attend a Loudoun County School Board meeting, just 40 minutes from Fairfax. (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)
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Opponents of the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory protest outside of the Loudoun County School Board headquarters, in Ashburn, Virginia, June 22, 2021. (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)
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Elicia Brand leads a crowd of angry parents and community members in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. June 22, 2021. (Reuters)
“When schools reopened last year for in-person education, we wondered whether parents would continue to stay engaged in education issues, or whether this movement would fizzle out,” Nicole Neily, president and founder of Parents Defending Education, told Fox News Digital earlier this month. “We quickly learned that parents were even more worried than before, because they no longer had a window into their children’s educations.”
Neily said parents’ fears were well-founded, citing a video of a teacher in Utah questioning whether parents would take issue with her classroom, which is “built for non-White students.”
Kelsey Koberg is an Editor with Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @KelseyKoberg.