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Congressional Candidate Margarita Wilkinson Champions Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparency in Public Education

We spoke with Congressional candidate Margarita Wilkinson about radical agendas in public school curriculum, and here’s what she had to say.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns fundamentally reshaped the landscape of education. Now, a growing number of parents and public officials across the U.S. have expressed their concerns about the lack of transparency in their children's schools. A watershed moment for the parental rights movement came in September of 2021, when the National School Boards Association wrote a controversial letter to the White House and the Department of Justice. The now-infamous letter, which likened concerned parents to “domestic terrorists,” was written with the intention of creating a pretext for using the PATRIOT Act against protesting parents.

Many now look to California, which has become a notable battleground in ongoing conflict between parents and public teachers unions. In late 2023, both AB-665 (which allows children as young as 12 to receive mental health treatment without parental consent) and AB-5 (which mandates the Department of Education to “develop resources… for in-service training on schoolsite and community resources for the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning pupils”) were signed into law.

Despite these blows to parental rights advocates in California, the passage of HR-5, the Parents Bill of Rights Act, by Congress last year was a decisive victory for the advocates. The bill establishes that parents have the right “to know what's being taught; to be heard; to see the school budget and spending; to protect their child’s privacy; and to be updated on any violent activity at school.”

Constituents of California’s 49th Congressional District were quick to notice that their own representative, Rep. Mike Levin (D), was among the minority who voted against the Parents Bill of Rights Act. Among them is Margarita Wilkinson, a candidate for CA CD-49, who by contrast stands as a staunch advocate for the rights of parents.

Our team at San Diego Signal reached out to Wilkinson for comment on the lack of transparency in public schools, from curriculum to disclosure of mental illness.

“In the aftermath of COVID-19, the government has asserted its presence in our schools, prioritizing indoctrination and pushing a radical agenda over effective teaching,” Wilkinson responded. “This has resulted in a system where parents are sidelined and our schools are failing. I will fight for parental rights, advocating for transparent curriculum information, increased parental involvement in educational decisions, and policies ensuring access to information about a child’s mental health challenges.” 

In what may be commentary on President Biden’s controversial remark that “there’s no such thing as someone else’s child; our nation’s children are all our children,” Wilkinson went on to say that she “will never allow the government to co-parent our children.” 

“Schools should be the one place where politics is left behind and we focus on preparing students for their future,” she continued.

Wilkinson’s argument that the focus on political pedagogy has sidetracked the primary goal of providing effective and unbiased education was once a commonly-held opinion by Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. As our once-great institutions have become increasingly partisan, it seems that fostering critical thinking and intellectual independence has become, at best, an ancillary concern for activist educators. 

“California school districts have lost their way, and I won’t sit silent as our children suffer, Wilkinson said. “I promise to champion parental rights and ensure our schools live up to the standard future generations deserve.”


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