Washington (CNN)Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday told Attorney General Merrick Garland that parents “absolutely should be telling” local schools what to teach amid a debate over mask and vaccine mandates, the role of racial equity education and transgender rights in schools that has become a flash point ahead of the 2022 midterms.
“Parents absolutely should be telling their local schools what to teach. This is the very basis of representative government,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, wrote in a letter. “They do this both in elections and — as protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution — while petitioning their government for redress of grievance. Telling elected officials they’re wrong is democracy, not intimidation.”
CNN has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.
The letter from the Senate Minority Leader comes in response to a Justice Department effort to address the increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in public schools. Earlier this week, Garland directed the FBI and US attorneys’ offices to meet with federal, state and local law enforcement leaders “to discuss strategies for addressing this disturbing trend,” the department said in a news release.
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core va
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