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|NUMBER 214||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||NOVEMBER 2003|
|Governor Davis Recalls Parental |
Rights Before California Election
The new law will require only written notice, which may be placed in a stack of other materials at the beginning of the school year. However, any public school receiving federal funds will still have to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires prior written consent by parents.
"Governor Davis and his liberal colleagues in the legislature have gutted much of the state law protecting the rights of parents," said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense organization specializing in parental rights and religious freedom. "Nonetheless, we at the Pacific Justice Institute will be aggressively using every federal statute available to ensure their defense. Further, public school districts should consider this notice that we intend to file suit on behalf of any parent that reports a verifiable violation of their rights" (www.pacificjustice.org, 10-8-03).