Letter to the editor discusses Parents’ Bill of Rights for Public Schools

Published 8:47 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dear editor,

The first 10 amendments in the U.S. Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, set forth the priceless rights or freedoms that all Americans may enjoy.

There are typical rights that parents can expect from local school districts. The Parents’ Bill of Rights for Public Schools gives parents an opportunity to gain a holistic view of their child’s education.

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Particular laws many differ among states and school districts.

According to True Tolerance, parents with children in public schools usually have the right to: request and arrange a time to examine textbooks, lesson plans, curriculum and supplemental materials used in their child’s classroom; request a time to visit the school and observe their child’s classes; meet with teachers, as well as consult with other professionals interacting with their children at school, including counselors and more; inspect their child’s school records, including academic and more; be notified when medical services are being offered to their child; be notified if the school is aware that their child has been bullied or has been accused of bullying; be notified if a criminal action is deemed to have been committed against their child; expect and request an educational environment that respects their family and their child’s religious freedoms; and be notified if their child is accused of a criminal action or an infraction that warrants a significant form of school punishment, such as detention.

America’s system of public education tends to coincide with democratic principles.