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Education Reporter
NUMBER 214 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 2003

Governor Davis Recalls Parental
Rights Before California Election 
Gray Davis
Gray Davis
On the eve of his stunning defeat at the polls October 7, California Governor Gray Davis signed away parental rights by putting his signature on a bill allowing public schools and teachers to question children of any age about their parents and family, or about personal sexual issues, without parental consent. Before SB 71, public schools were required by state law to obtain prior written parental consent before a student could be asked any questions about sex, family life, morality or religion.

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).


 
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