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Focus on parental rights

Bob Kellogg   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A global Christian ministry "dedicated to helping families thrive" is providing tools to help parents respond to schools offering information and classes with which they morally and spiritually disagree.

Focus on the Family's Candi Cushman, an education analyst, tells OneNewsNow the ministry has come together with some of the nation's top legal experts to provide parents with online resources to help safeguard their children. One of the new tools on the True Tolerance website is the Parents' Bill of Rights.

Cushman, Candi (Focus on the Family)"The rights include things like the right to review your child's curriculum, [a] scheduled time to go in and review it to observe classes, to have access to your child's attendance records or health and counseling records at the school," she lists.

The second update is the Model Parental Rights Policy [PDF], developed by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

"If it were implemented, it would give parents the right to be notified when controversial subjects are being brought up in the classroom environment, and then have the right to opt their kids out of those lessons," Cushman details. "And it also addresses the distribution of contraceptives against their will or without their knowledge."

The stated purpose of the Model for Parental Rights Policy is "to strengthen parents' rights to guide their children's education, especially concerning sensitive topics about sexuality and family issues."

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