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|NUMBER 218||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MARCH 2004|
|New Opt-Out Form Available to California Parents|
Dems Kill Bill Requiring Notice to Parents of Sex Ed Speakers
The new Student Exemption Form was updated after Gov. Gray Davis signed a law on the eve of his recall last October permitting schools to give sex surveys to children of any age without parental consent. (See Education Reporter, Nov. 2003 .) The form is available on the web sites of Campaign for California Families, Life Legal Defense Foundation, The Pro-Family Law Center, and United States Justice Foundation.
"Parents have important rights under state and federal law regarding the education of their children. The Student Exemption Form puts schools on legal notice that these rights must be respected, and gives parents a much stronger case if they are forced to sue," said Scott Lively, attorney and president of the Pro-Family Law Center. (CNSNews.com, 1-21-04)
Undeterred by the recall of Gov. Davis, a Democrat-controlled committee of the California legislature on January 7 defeated a bill requiring public schools to notify parents if outside speakers were invited to discuss sexual matters with students.
Pro-family groups that backed the bill expressed deep disappointment. "Anti-family politicians who treat parents like idiots and push unlimited sexual material on kids are giving moms and dads more reason than ever to remove their children from the morally bankrupt government education system," complained Randy Thomasson, executive director of the Campaign for California Families, who testified in support of the bill. (CNSNews.com, 1-8-04)