ANTIOCH, CA -- A California Superior Court judge ordered the Antioch Unified School District to provide a copy of the controversial "Decision Making" class's curriculum to the parents of Vinnie and Mikel Angelo within two weeks. The judge also ruled that Mikel could be exempted from the class for the fall semester so that all of the legal issues could be resolved.
The Angelos had sought declaratory relief from the court after the school district refused to exempt the two boys from the class, which the parents feel is overly intrusive into private family matters. They previously attempted to attain copies of the curriculum in dispute, but their requests were denied. Since a California statute allows parents to opt their children out of classes involving family issues, a copy of the curriculum is vital in determining if the class in question actually involves "family issues."
"The school district is only interested in preserving their own propaganda," said Dana Cody, Rutherford Institute staff attorney. "If they were really concerned about the rights of parents, the curriculum would have been provided long ago."
The Rutherford Institute is an international, nonprofit civil liberties organization specializing in the defense of religious liberty. For more information, contact Steve Wood at (510) 938-6100.