On January 12, Senator Dave Murman introduced LB374, the Parents’ Bill of Rights and Academic Transparency Act. While the bill is primarily focused on parental rights in dealing with the education of their child, it includes the provision that “every parent of a child in this state shall have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, care, and mental health of the parent’s child.”
The act contains many detailed provisions for how these rights are to be protected in the public school context, such as the right to review curriculum, to attend school board meetings, and to be alerted of any crimes or other serious events involving their child that might take place at a child’s school.
LB374 also includes a “right of private action,” meaning that anyone “aggrieved by a violation of the Parents’ Bill of Rights and Academic Transparency Act may bring a civil action for appropriate relief,” including “actual damages” and “reasonable attorney’s fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred.”
This is an excellent bill to protect children by keeping their parents informed and empowered to protect their interests, especially in the public school context.
Please take a moment today to contact your senator and urge support for LB374. Your message should be in your own words, and can be as simple as the following:
I am calling/writing to urge my senator to support LB374, the Parents’ Bill of Rights and Academic Transparency Act. My children mean the world to me, and no one understands their needs better than I do. That’s why I believe parents should be in the driver’s seat when it comes to matters concerning their child. Please vote in favor of LB374 for the sake of the children and the parents who love them.
If you email your senator, you might include a link to our video on the important need for fundamental parental rights bills in the states, available here.
Thank you for taking the time to stand up for parental rights to protect their children in Nebraska.