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Education Reporter
NUMBER 216 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JANUARY 2004

Parents Beat Nosy Survey Again 
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - Courageous parents have once again emerged victorious over nosy questionnaires in Ridgewood, NJ. Survey backers, who include the Ridgewood school board president, just lost another court battle.

In 2001 the New Jersey state legislature passed a bill requiring prior parental consent before schools can ask students offensive questions in a nosy survey. It was vetoed by then Governor Christine Todd Whitman. After she was appointed by President Bush to head the Environmental Protection Agency, her successor signed a similar version of the bill.

The Ridgewood school board president sued to overturn the law in state court on the procedural grounds that a similar bill had recently been vetoed. New Jersey judges are among the most liberal in the country, but this lawsuit was too much even for them. A state appeals court dismissed the case.

This follows a prior victory for Ridgewood parents before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which held that parents may sue to enforce their rights against schools that require children to answer nosy surveys. (See Education Reporter, Jan. 2002, Feb 2002, and Feb. 2003).


 
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