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. The state-specific school board models can be used in the 15 states that have adopted state legislation that affirms that parental rights are a fundamental right. The blank school board model can be used in any of the 35 states that have not yet adopted state legislation that affirms that parental rights are a fundamental right.