January 29, 2022

Gender theory. Marxism. Critical Race Theory (CRT). Word is getting out to parents that these radical lessons are being taught to their children in K-12 classrooms, but schools are hiding the truth.

The Academic Transparency Act, a powerful tool from the Goldwater Institute, protects parents’ rights and ensures they know what is being taught in the classroom. A dozen states have already introduced our law, and more and more are signing on.

>>> Click here to watch our exclusive new video to learn how Goldwater’s Academic Transparency Act works. >>>

This National School Choice Week, it’s become clear that parents are fighting back to keep radical politics out of the classroom, and the Goldwater Institute is backing them every step of the way. 

“Public and private school choice opportunities are nothing short of essential today so that families can choose how and where their children learn based on their beliefs and values,” says Goldwater Senior Fellow Jonathan Butcher.

And with parents, teachers, and scholars all championing academic transparency and school choice, policymakers must take action to restore balance between schools and families. “It’s now up to lawmakers to take that path and ensure that school choice and transparency in education become the laws of the land for all families seeking the best for their kids,” Goldwater Director of Education Policy Matt Beienburg adds.

You can watch Goldwater’s new video on protecting parents’ rights above, and you can read more about Goldwater’s Academic Transparency Act by clicking here.

Court: Goldwater Challenge to Illinois’ Anti-Gun Rights Regime Can Proceed

If you live in Illinois, the government makes you wait as long as 122 days to exercise your Second Amendment rights. The Goldwater Institute is taking a stand and has sued the state to end the delays, and we won a victory this week when a federal judge in Chicago ruled that Goldwater’s lawsuit may proceed—despite strong opposition from the government.

Illinois residents must obtain a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card before they can legally possess a firearm. While Illinois State Police are required under state law to grant or deny a FOID card application within 30 days, officials frequently ignore this deadline. That’s why Goldwater sued the state on behalf of individuals who waited longer than 30 days to receive their FOID cards, as well as two pro-Second Amendment organizations whose members were affected. The state moved to dismiss the suit, but on Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Rowland not only said that the two organizations have standing to sue, but that the plaintiffs had stated a valid Second Amendment claim.

“A decision finally ending the FOID delays—if not the entire FOID regime—should be next,” Goldwater Senior Attorney Jacob Huebert writes.

Read the rest at In Defense of Liberty.

Battling COVID Is Harder with One Hand Tied Behind Our Back

Two recently authorized COVID-19 medicines offer hope for treating high-risk patients. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) refusal to cut red tape is making it harder for patients to obtain these potentially life-saving treatments, Goldwater Director of Healthcare Policy Naomi Lopez writes for The Hill.

To access the treatments, patients must first obtain a COVID test, then get the approval of a physician or other medical provider, then go to the pharmacy to fill the prescription. But there’s a better, simpler way. “The FDA has the power to authorize pharmacists to prescribe and dispense these antivirals—but it didn’t,” Lopez writes. The FDA’s failure to do so is a “giant misstep,” she adds. “And it’s a reminder that the same federal government that seeks to impose restrictions and rules also bears some responsibility for delaying this important treatment to some of the patients who need it most.”

Read the rest at The Hill.

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