New York to Christian Schools: Conform to our standards or we’ll shut you down
For Christian parents, one of the greatest responsibilities given to us by God is determining how to best educate our children. Unfortunately, because of the extreme sexual agenda of the Left, many public schools are becoming hostile places for children. Kindergartener teachers are hosting gender transition ceremonies and many schools are allowing Planned Parenthood to run sex education courses on campus.
As a result, many Christian parents feel they have no choice but to pull their children out of public schools and place them in Christian schools or homeschool them. But what happens when the government threatens to shut down Christian schools for not conforming to secular standards?
New York State is now telling private schools, conform to our standards or we’ll shut you down. In February, bureaucrats in Albany will roll out new, horribly invasive regulations for Christian schools. These regulations give local school districts the ability to monitor Christian schools, 1984 style, and shut them down if they aren’t “substantially equivalent” to public schools. (In the view of the state.)
Sign this petition now to the New York State Department of Education demanding they rescind these unconstitutional regulations.
Avi Schick writing in the Wall Street Journal stated, “Parents have had a legally recognized constitutional right to guide their children’s education for nearly a century. The Supreme Court’s 1925 decision in Pierce v. Society of Sisters established that children are “not mere creatures of the state” and that parents have the right to choose “schools where their children will receive appropriate mental and religious training.” Almost 50 years later, in Wisconsin v. Yoder, the court reaffirmed these rights, recognizing the “fundamental interest of parents, as contrasted with that of the State, to guide the religious future and education of their children.’”
However, New York has decided to ignore the law. Local school districts will be able to shut down private Christian schools that aren’t (in their view) “substantially equivalent.” Even more unbelievable –these school officials will have the authority to take parents to court for enrolling their kids in private schools that aren’t (in their view) “substantially equivalent.”
These inspections will be invasive. Regulators will observe classes, review teaching curriculums and interrogate teachers.
Unfortunately, the culture is becoming more and more hostile to Christians and Christian values. As time progresses it will become even more important for us to stand firm in the faith and defend our rights to educate our children in line with what the Bible clearly teaches. The early years of life are critical and formative. These are years we cannot relinquish to the culture. Our children should be given every opportunity to learn the truths of the gospel in a safe and loving environment.
That’s why it’s important for us to work together and fight for one another. That’s why your involvement with CitizenGO is so critical. As individuals we can be weak, but as a body we are very strong. The church is made up of individuals, but it is a strong unit because we are united.
Let’s unite and commit to fighting for our ability to educate our children as we see fit.
State officials have no right controlling what we teach or threatening to shut us down. Sign this petition now to the New York State Department of Education.
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Regulations for Christian Schools