HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano of Adams, Cumberland, & York Counties says the PA Department of Education has been quietly pushing guidelines promoting gender theory concepts in K-12 public schools, continuing a disturbing pattern of dishonesty and intrusion from the governor’s administration. Mastriano said, “Once again, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration skirts the legislative process to implement a far-left agenda behind the backs of the 13 million Pennsylvanians. These guidelines encourage school districts to proselytize radical ideas about gender identity to children in all grades, all under the guise of school safety.” Mastriano said he stands behind several bills to prioritize and empower parental involvement in public education, alert families about explicit material available in school libraries, and limit formal conversations about gender identity and sexual orientation to middle and high school curriculum only. He also introduced legislation to establish a Parental Bill of Rights, which would give families statutory rights to direct the upbringing of their children free from bureaucratic overreach. The lawmaker and GOP gubernatorial candidate added, “It is up to parents, not the state, to engage with their children on these complex social issues and I will never stop fighting for their right to do so.”