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Students Don't Have to Leave Their Faith at Home


Parents’ Rights

As a parent, you teach your children one worldview at home, but when they go to school, are they learning something else? Today, sexually explicit materials are frequently mandated for children as young as kindergarten, many times against their parents’ will, and often in the name of “tolerance” or “safe school lessons." As a parent, you have the right to oversee your child's education and what they are taught in public school.

You have the right to…

  • Choose the school environment that best fits your child's needs, whether public school, charter school, private school, or homeschool.
  • Depending upon where you live, opt your child out of curriculum that would force them to violate your family's religious beliefs.
  • Depending upon where you live, review the curriculum and teaching materials for any of your child’s classes.
  • Opt your child out of any extracurricular activity.
  • Depending upon where you live, be notified if your child is enrolled in a course that includes sex ed, family planning, diversity issues, or extreme violence.
  • Access your child's record, including grades, disciplinary, and counseling proceedings.
  • Remove your child on days of religious observance.
  • Depending upon where you live, receive the same tax credits and vouchers to attend religious schools available to attend non-religious schools.

For more information about your parental rights and how you can introduce legislation to protect your rights as a parent, visit


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