Missouri Republicans target schools, books and race in latest culture war proposal
The Missouri state flag is seen flying outside the Missouri State Capitol Building on Jan. 17, 2021, in Jefferson City, Missouri. - Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images North America/TNS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republicans gave initial approval Tuesday to legislation that says parents have a right to see the curriculum used in their child’s classroom. The so-called “Parents Bill of Rights” measure now awaits a final vote in the House and, if passed, an uncertain future in the Senate. It marks the latest example of Republicans stoking culture wars in the midst of an election cycle by forcing votes on divisive issues, including abortion, transgender rights and race sensitivity training. Democrats decried the GOP effort. “The truth is, it’s really a phantom problem. It’s m...