Parents Bill of Rights Act
This bill establishes various rights of parents and guardians regarding the elementary or secondary school education of their children. Local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools must comply with the requirements of the bill in order to receive federal education funds.
Specifically, the bill requires schools to notify parents and guardians of their rights regarding the education of their children. These rights include the right to
- review the curriculum of their child's school;
- know if the state alters its challenging academic standards;
- meet with each teacher of their child at least twice each school year;
- review the budget, including all revenues and expenditures, of their child's school;
- review a list of the books and other reading materials in the library of their child's school;
- address the school board of the LEA;
- receive information about violent activity in their child's school; and
- receive information about any plans to eliminate gifted and talented programs in the child's school.
Additionally, the bill directs each LEA to post on a publicly accessible website (or otherwise widely disseminate to the public) the curriculum for each elementary and secondary school grade level. The LEA must also include in its annual report card the overall budget of the LEA and the budget for each elementary and secondary school.
The bill also provides for additional family educational and privacy rights, including by prohibiting schools from selling student information for commercial or financial gain.