Education experts agree that the best education outcomes are achieved when parents are actively involved in their child’s education, even if—perhaps especially if—that education takes place in the public schools.
And the U.S. Supreme Court has long held that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children.
These two facts are perfectly complementary.
By embracing the fundamental right of parents and taking seriously the trust with which parents have charged them for the teaching of their children, teachers, administrators, and school boards can set their students on a path to success. Partnering with parents rather than opposing them is the key to this success.
With this in mind, we offer these models, one for Virginia school boards and another for Georgia. (The difference is that each cites its own state code establishing parental rights as fundamental.)
Future models will apply to other states, citing the laws in those states where these rights are duly enshrined, as well.