The most effective force of bringing about change in education is well-informed and equipped parents. Understanding what your rights are, how to ensure your authority is not being usurped, and what resources are available to assist you in your advocacy are important components. We place a strong emphasis on understanding the basics of what has worked and what has failed in the American education system over the past decades. We hope these resources will be a catalyst for that learning process. We will continually update our website so parents can access the most up-to-date information.
History of education & how it evolved…
Understanding American education today
Government’s attempt to control the mind, body, soul & hearts of our children
What is classical education?
What is common core?
Curriculum vs. Standards
Measuring student performance
Political contributions of educators
Civics legislation tracker
On March 27, 2020 federal legislation established a three-layer shroud called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to support K-12 school re-openings and “pandemic” recovery. ESSER is the most money ever given to public education—11 times more than annual Title I spending and five times more than total federal K-12 spending in 2019-2020.
A Vision for Freedom Series (Part 3): The Importance of Parental Rights.
Many states have adopted a Parent’s Bill of Rights into law. Check to see if your state is included!
Learn your rights as a parent and educate others on this important topic.
Southeastern Legal Foundation PARENT guidebook:
A guide to civil discourse on today’s college campuses
Federal Student Privacy Laws
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is the Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
FERPA applies to all schools that receive federal US Department of Education funds.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, PPRA, is also a Federal Law that includes the following protected areas of student privacy:
- Political affiliations or belief
- mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family
- sex behaviors or attitudes
- religious practices
- affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parents
PPRA also concerns marketing surveys and other areas of student privacy, parental access to information, and the administration of certain physical examinations to minors.
Social emotional learning (SEL)
What is the concern with surveys?
- Survey data is allowed to be collected for mental health assessments. Every child is considered “at risk” for trauma. Will this data collected be used to create a psychological profile that follows your child through college and the workforce? Did you know that you can opt your child out of surveys? Most surveys are NOT required and therefore NOT protected by PPRA. Schools are only required to notify parents of a survey being given. Only an OPT-OUT is allowed.
Comprehensive sex ed
OPT OUT FORMS:
DOCUMENTARY: The Mind Polluters
DOCUMENTARY: The Children of Table 34
School-based health clinics
A federal agenda seeks to rapidly expand School-based Health Centers. Government agencies are funneling millions of grant dollars into states across America to expand school-based health services.
Obscenity & pornography in Public Schools
American Library Association (ALA)
The American Library Association (ALA) does NOT believe reading materials should be restricted for ANY age: Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (2019)
Library policies and procedures that deny minors equal and equitable access to all library resources available to other users violate the Library Bill of Rights. The ALA opposes attempts to restrict access to library services, materials, and facilities based on the age of library users.
Critical Race Theory
What is Queer Theory?
Learning 2025 is a nationwide effort by the Superintendents Association to bring Marxist ideologies into school districts as pilot programs all while evading detection from the majority of teachers, parents, community members, and legislators. After the pilot programs are successfully put into action, the process of adopting these ideologies as an official district-wide framework, which subsequently influences the entire education system, becomes considerably smoother.
Opt out forms for Comprehensive sex-ed:
Opt out forms for school based health clinic:
Visit your school system’s website to locate the policies & procedures established by your school board, where you will search for a “Book Appeal Process” or “controversial material appeal” policy. Freedom in Education has partnered with RatedBooks.org to educate parents and communities on the content in books found in school media centers. You can read more about how the rating system was developed, search a vast database of reading material, and review detailed reports on each book that documents how it acquired its rating.
Technology allows us to create, source and share information faster than ever before and has changed many lives for the better. But, like all things in this world, it has been corrupted by those who wish to profit from the mistreatment of others. Online safety is of the utmost importance to preserve childhood innocence in this digital age, and we are working to spread public awareness and empower parents to address this topic. According to the FBI, there are over 500,000 predators online at any given moment. They are continuously luring young and unsuspecting teens and preteens with an array of schemes. Predators know exactly what questions to ask to find out if parents are monitoring their children’s devices. One predator may reach out to over one hundred kids a day to get just one or two to respond. Don’t let that be your child! ANY child can become a victim to online grooming. Educate teens on the dangers of engaging with strangers online and then set up appropriate controls.
The sexual exploitation of minors is an intricate problem with no single solution. But together, we can ensure all children are protected. Learn about the issues, solutions and options by accessing this amazing handbook handbook for parents and teachers Streetgrace.org:
Transparency & FOIA
FOIA laws empower parents with a tool to keep their school districts transparent and hold them accountable. If parents are not getting answers to their questions, FOIA is a simple process and upheld by laws in every state. Sunshine laws promote transparency by requiring certain proceedings of government agencies to be open or available to the public.
Check out these sources for more information:
Effective communication between parents and schools
Effective communication between parents and schools is vital to the educational success and well-being of children. We have provided some information and forms that will make that line of communication clear and concise.
Public comment at board of education meetings
County Board of Education meetings have an allotted time where taxpayers and parents can make public comments. Check your county’s education website for their rules on public comments at board meetings.
Demand Letter Templates
If you find yourself needing legal representation, Freedom in Education can provide guidance and in many cases has sourced pro bono legal services for parents.