House Republicans narrowly passed a bill on Friday giving parents control over what is taught in public schools. Speaker Kevin McCarthy said the Parents’ Bill of Rights Act ensures “parents will have a say in their kids’ education.” The bill passed with only five Republicans voting against it, and it faces a dead end in the Democrat-run Senate. The legislation requires schools to affirm parents’ right to meet with educators and examine school budgets, and to publish course studies and library book lists. Critics argue that the move will fuel the far-right movement that has led to book bans, restrictions on transgender students and raucous school board meetings.

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