Attorney General Rokita has answered the questions of many public school parents with a simple guide to the law, as it relates to families and the education system. The following is a press release from AG Rokita's website, explaining the contents of this tool and how parents can apply their legal right to use their voice. A link to download a PDF of the document is also included.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita today released a Parents Bill of Rights, providing a roadmap for Hoosier parents and caregivers to exercise their legal right to have a voice in their children’s education. “Education policy and curriculum should reflect the values of Indiana families while meeting the mandatory requirements set forth in law,” said Attorney General Rokita. “The single most effective way to ensure school accountability is for parents to engage in their children’s education. The Parents Bill of Rights empowers them to do just that.” National discourse around political and social issues has created negative and polarizing effects on teachers, school administrators, students, and families. Since January, parents and state legislators have turned to Attorney General Rokita for legal interpretations of educational rules and statutory requirements. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office created the Parents Bill of Rights to serve as a resource for parents to engage in meaningful civic dialogue that will ultimately benefit Indiana schools, parents, and students.
The Parents Bill of Rights outlines the following rights that Hoosier parents and caregivers are entitled to exercise:
To question and address your child’s school officials and school board members at publicly designated meetings with proper notice of the meetings provided
To question and review the curriculum taught in your child’s school by questioning local school boards and school administrators
To expect that the academic curriculum taught in your child’s school aligns with Indiana and federal law
To participate in the selection and approval of academic standards for the State of Indiana
To obtain educational materials and curriculum taught to your child in the classroom
To run as a candidate for your local school board
“As I’ve traveled throughout the state of Indiana, I’ve heard firsthand the concerns of parents who are deeply troubled by ideologies being imposed in their children’s school curriculum,” said Attorney General Rokita. “The first line of defense to hold school districts accountable lies with active and engaged parents. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office will stand in their corner every step of the way as they exercise their individual liberties in the interest of our children.”
The Parents Bill of Rights is available here. This publication is the first in a series of forthcoming installments regarding parents’ role in their children’s education, including medical rights, religious rights, and school choice rights.