CV NEWS FEED // Republican Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita launched “Eyes on Education,” an online portal that seeks to give parents of the state’s public school children a greater role in schooling.
“After our office consistently heard from student[s], parents, and teachers about objectionable curricula, policies, or programs affecting children, we launched the Eyes on Education portal,” states its webpage. “Our kids need to focus on fundamental educational building blocks, not political ideology – either left or right.”
The portal describes itself as a “platform for students, parents, and educators to submit and view real examples from classrooms across the state.”
“The Office of the Attorney General will follow up on materials submitted to the portal that may violate Indiana law using our investigative tools, including public records requests, and publish findings on the portal as well,” the Eyes on Education webpage goes on to say.
The top of the webpage provides two visible buttons for users. One allows them to submit documents to the portal while the other links to the Indiana Parents’ Bill of Rights.
“Submissions to the portal will be reviewed and published regularly,” the page indicates.
Rokita explained the story behind the portal in an interview with The Daily Signal.
“This is a tool to empower parents in their dealings with their own school system so they can better raise their kids, which is their job and not [that of] the school,” the attorney general stated.
He explained that in late 2021 parents were sending him lesson plans.
“This is around the time that we were calling out critical race theory and this social emotional learning that was being taught to teachers and then teachers to the students, and it was corrupting the whole educational experience,” the Republican told the Signal:
So either these parents are part of a huge conspiracy and making all this stuff up, as the teachers and principals and school board members would have you believe, or there’s really something going on—even in good ol’ Indiana. So we’ve been collecting these different submissions for about the last year and a half.
Rokita assured skeptics that he is “not going to go and start investigating schools.”
“No. 1, I don’t have the statutory authority to go in there,” he said. “But this is going to be a portal, a transparent portal where we can cut through the rumor mill.”
Before he was elected as Indiana’s Attorney General in 2020, Rokita served four terms in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2019. He previously served two terms as the state’s Secretary of State from 2002 to 2010.