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IPFS News Link • Parental Rights

Maryland Schools Charge Parents $18K for Opt-Out Policy Records

•, by Staff Reports

In a shocking display of arrogance and disregard for parental rights, a Maryland school district is demanding an exorbitant amount of money from a parental rights organization in exchange for access to public records. The organization, called Parents Defending Education (PDE), is dedicated to protecting the rights of parents who believe in traditional values and want a say in what their children are taught in schools.

According to reports, PDE filed a public records request with the Montgomery County Public Schools regarding its opt-out policy for lessons on sex and gender. It seems that the school system initially allowed families to opt-out of these controversial lessons, but later decided to reverse course, leaving many parents concerned and frustrated.

Nicki Neily, the president and founder of PDE, submitted a request for all records related to the opt-in and opt-out measures between April 1 and August 2, 2023. However, instead of complying with this reasonable request in a timely manner, the school system's communications director, Christopher Cram, responded with arrogance and condescension.

Cram informed Neily that due to her refusal to narrow the scope of her request, it would cost her a jaw-dropping $18,290.96 and take until October to fulfill. This is an outrageous amount of money to charge a concerned citizen who is simply seeking transparency and accountability from the school system.

It's no wonder that parents have lost trust in the education system when they are met with such disdain and disregard for their concerns. The fact that the school system would rather charge exorbitant fees than provide the information requested raises serious questions about what they have to hide.