Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to pass a “parent’s bill of rights,” which would exclude some LGBT content and possibly defund public schools if re-elected. The Republican candidate’s bill of rights would give parents a choice to place their children in the school of their choice and allocate state funding per child to private schools. “The way the system works in Texas already is that the money follows the students,” the governor announced. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] “Empowering parents means giving them a choice to take their children to any public school, charter school, or private school with state funding following the student. To be clear, that does not mean that public schools will not be fully funded. They will.” Talking at a campaign event in San Antonio Monday night, Abbott announced Texas students have to be protected from “obscene content.” “Educators who provide pornographic material will lose their credentials, forfeit their retirement benefits, and be placed on a ‘do not hire list,’” Abbott declared. Abbott is referring to two LGBT books that were removed from Texas public school libraries for what he called “pornographic” and “overtly sexual and pornographic acts” in a 2021 letter to the state board of education. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] The governor’s latest proposals for a parental bill of rights are additions to a current parents’ bill of rights. He called for Critical Race Theory to be prohibited in public schools, among different provisions. At his campaign event Thursday, he signed a pledge to pass the bill of rights into law if he wins re-election. The plan draws a sharp contrast with his foe. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso, announced in a tweet that Abbott’s strategy would defund public schools. “I’m for fully funding our kids’ classrooms and fully supporting parents, teachers, and students,” O’Rourke stated in the tweet. O’Rourke spent Mother’s Day visiting the family of an LGBT youth whose parents are being investigated by the state of Texas for child abuse at Abbott’s direction. [tweet_embed] May 12, 2022[/tweet_embed] In February, Abbott announced parents providing “puberty blockers” or medical procedures that help their children transition would be investigated for child abuse. O’Rourke visited the Briggles in Denton (north of Dallas), cooked them a Mother’s Day meal, and even shared a beer with them, the family tweeted. “These standards must ensure transparency about the materials being taught in the classroom and offered in school libraries. They must also ensure that our schools have an appropriate and transparent process, which includes parents and community members, to vet school and library materials before they are used. Additionally, parents should be informed of the formal grievance process, in the event an inappropriate book is identified,” abbot summed in the letter.