There are some things that should be so basic and common in the roles and responsibilities of parenthood that most reasonably minded people can agree upon them. For instance, parents should be allowed to know what the government is teaching their children and have the fundamental right to have a clear understanding of the educational, emotional, and social development of their child. I don’t believe these “parental rights” would be a contentious view in any free and open society.
But this is 2022, and we are living in NJ! Unfortunately, we live under a determined leftist administration that prefers to ban parents from the classroom than ban books in the classroom. But I know this – parents from both political parties agree there should be greater transparency in education. Who wants their child to be educated behind a veil of secrecy? CLICK HERE TO HELP US CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR RIGHTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Though federal law guarantees parents the right to review curriculum, parents in NJ often have to meet with school administrators and fill out public records requests to obtain their child’s curriculum. This puts an undue burden on parents, making access to these records extremely difficult.
Thankfully, legislators here in NJ have introduced a bill (Assembly Bill 370/Senate Bill 1571) that would mandate schools make available curriculum, textbooks, and lesson materials to parents for inspection and review – by posting them online 30 days before the start of a school year. We have been meeting with bill sponsors and other legislators in support of this bill over the past few weeks. More meetings have already been scheduled.
This bill is a major legislative priority for the families of NJ, and we commit to advocating for you with state legislators on this issue. But there is something that you can do to help us in our advocacy. We are searching for “School Observers” to request curriculum from their child’s school. This helps us share real stories with legislators of parents in their district who have to face time-consuming obstacles to access their federal parental rights.
If you are interested in being a “school observer,” please fill out this form and we will be in contact with you. Please keep in mind, your child must be in grades K-12 in a NJ public school to be one of our observers.
Fighting for your families here in the Garden State!