Starting with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, parents got a firsthand look at their children’s education through virtual instruction—and they didn’t always like what they saw happening.

The parental revolt of 2021 toppled Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial election after he infamously quipped, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Frustrated parents propelled Republican Glenn Youngkin to the governor’s office in Richmond. Across the country, concerned citizens ran for school boards—and won. And today, parents are rightfully demanding information from their schools.

The Southeastern Legal Foundation is stepping in to help parents. Kimberly Hermann, the organization’s general counsel, spoke to The Daily Signal about parental rights and the resources available to them.

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