With the pandemic, parents had the opportunity to see what was actually being taught and have voiced their desire for continued access to classroom curriculum and materials. This bill strengthens the relationship between schools and parents so both can have improved communication, and can work together for the students’ best interest.
Parents have always maintained local control over government schools for that very reason—so their right to oversee the education and upbringing of their children is honored by the public schools. This right has been recognized by:
- The Supreme Court, which determined that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children (Meyer v. State of Nebraska, 1923);
- Congress, which details “[t]he right of a parent of a student to inspect, upon the request of the parent, any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum for the student” (PPRA: 20 U.S. Code § 1232h);
- and North Carolina, which states parents have a right to review “any State‑developed objectives for instruction, any approved textbooks, the list of reviewed materials, and any other State‑developed or approved materials” related to sex, health, and safety (§ 115C‑81.25.). Thus, parents even have a right to withdraw them from certain curriculum they deem inappropriate (115C‑81.30.).
Young children should not be taught sex in schools.
Just because a parent sends their child to public school doesn’t mean they lose their fundamental right to know and have a say in what their child is being taught. If you would like to see the NC House join the Senate in passing the Parents’ Bill of Rights (HB 755), would you consider taking a minute to use this easy click-to-contact tool to let them know?
Thank you for supporting parental rights and childhood innocence.