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Friday, June 08, 2012

Legal Recourse for Parents Who Have Been Threatened For Opting Out

Thanks, Pana:

‎******ACLU Multi Family Complaint******
Please send your letter of parental rights violations regarding high stakes standardized testing to:
Nina Bishop
3065 Windward Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
719-233-1508 Mountain Standard Time

Please send copies of threatening school/district mail, denials to school activities, grade advancement or diploma, your contact information and your request to join the complaint. Please focus your letters on the Supreme Court rulings and the 14th Amendment. (see below)

Parental rights are broadly protected by Supreme Court decisions (Meyer and Pierce), especially in the area of education, so why not in our state statutes? The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents posses the “fundamental right” to “direct the upbringing and education of their children.” Furthermore, the Court declared that “the child is not the mere creature of the State: those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right coupled with the high duty to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” (Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510, 534-35) The Supreme Court criticized a state legislature for trying to interfere “with the power of parents to control the education of their own.” (Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 402.) In Meyer, the Supreme Court held that the right of parents to raise their children free from unreasonable state interferences is one of the unwritten "liberties" protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (262 U.S. 399)

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