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From the ECS State Policy Database
Parent/Family--Parent Rights


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State Status/Date Level Summary
LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Parents' Bill of Rights for Public Schools
S.B. 312
Enacts the Parents' Bill of Rights for Public Schools. Provides parents have the right to examine their child's textbooks, curriculum, and supplemental materials; inspect their child's school records; and receive certain notifications regarding medical service...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Parent Access to Information about Schools and Instructional Materials
H.B. 1199
Requires that a parent of a child attending a public K-12 school be entitled to review instructional materials, and review any survey before the survey is administered. Requires local boards to adopt policies for each school to make instructional materials rea...

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MOVetoed 05/2014P-12Unaccredited Districts
S.B. 493
States that when the state board classifies any district as unaccredited, the district must notify the parent or guardian of any student enrolled in that school and explain the option to transfer to another accredited school in the district, to another accredi...

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TNSigned into law 05/2014P-12Review of Classroom Material
S.B. 2559
Requires every LEA to allow parents to review all instructional materials used in the classroom of the parent's child; mandates the LEA to allow parents access to review all surveys and evaluations administered to the parent's child.
http://www.capitol.tn.g...

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FLSigned into law 05/2014P-12K-12 Instructional Materials
S.B. 864
Provides that the district school board has the constitutional duty and responsibility to select and provide adequate instructional materials for all students. Provides that the district board is responsible for the content of all instructional materials, whet...

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OKSigned into law 05/2014P-12Parents' Bill of Rights
H.B. 1384
Creates the Parentsf Bill of Rights. Prohibits infringing on the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, health care and mental health of their children without demonstrating that the
compelling governmental interest as applied to th...

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MDSigned into law 05/2014P-12Special Education IEP Parental Notice Requirements
H.B. 413
Mandates that at an initial evaluation meeting for a child with disabilities, parents must be provided in plain language a verbal and written explanation of the parents' rights and responsibilities in the individualized education program (IEP) process and a pr...

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TNSigned into law 04/2014P-12Information on Testing
S.B. 2404
Requires dissemination by the department of education and LEAs to parents of information concerning state and LEA mandated tests.The information shall include the name of the test, the purpose and use of the test, the grade or class in which the test is to be ...

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UTVetoed 04/2014P-12Parental Complaints re: Curriculum or Instructional Materials
S.B. 257
Expands the duties of a state-level parents committee charged with reviewing all computer adaptive test questions, to include reviewing parental complaints related to curriculum or instructional materials.

Directs the state board to prepare and publish on th...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12District Requirements Before Adopting a Major Curriculum Initiative
S.B. 1474
Before adopting a major curriculum initiative, including the use of a curriculum management system, requires a district to use a process that includes teacher input, provides district employees the opportunity to express opinions regarding the initiative, and ...

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LAPassed 06/2013P-12Allowing Students to Carry a Global Positioning System (GPS) Tracking Device at School
H.C.R. 128
Requests that the state board of elementary and secondary education study issues related to allowing students to carry a global positioning system (GPS) tracking device at school and on school buses, and submit a report of its findings and conclusions, includi...

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TXAdopted 07/2012P-12Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions
19 TAC 97.1065, 1067
Section 97.1065 addresses provisions relating to repurposing, alternative management, or campus closure, including actions requested by parent petition or local board request for alternative to approach identified in parent petition. Section 97.1067 addresses ...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Parent Trigger in Columbus
S.B. 316 - Parent Trigger in Columbus
From final bill analysis: Specifies that the provisions of the "parent trigger" restructuring petition, under the Columbus pilot program, prevail over the general restructuring law for low-performing schools, if a district school becomes subject to both, unles...

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CASigned into law 06/2012P-12Notification of Parent Rights and Responsibilities.
A.B. 2262
From bill analysis: Authorizes the governing board of each school district to, at the request of parents or guardians, provide the annual notice of parent or guardian rights and responsibilities in an electronic format. Requires the notice provided in an elect...

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AZSigned into law 05/2010P-12Parents' Bill of Rights
S.B. 1309
Creates the Parents' Bill of Rights; prohibits the State, a political subdivision of the State, or any other governmental entity from infringing on the rights of a parent, including the right to direct the education or religious training for a child, to make h...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Bringing Interpreter to School Meetings
A.B. 1510
Authorizes parents or guardians of English learners to bring an oral language interpreter to all conferences, meetings or proceedings held at a district building or schoolsite or sponsored by the district or school, except when prohibited by state or federal l...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Visiting a Student with Disabilities at School
H.B. 628
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that a parent, an independent educational evaluator, or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent or child must be afforded reasonable access of sufficient duration ...

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NCSigned into law 06/2009P-12Parental Notice Requirements for Suspension and Expulsion
H.B. 218
Modifies notice requirements that must be given to a parent when a child is recommended for suspension of more than 10 days or an expulson from school; requires written notice to the student's parent by the end of the workday during which the suspension for mo...

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MOSigned into law 05/2009P-12Parents Rights
S.B. 291--Parents' Bill of Rights
Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to produce "The Parents' Bill of Rights" to inform parents of children with individualized education programs of their educational rights under federal and state law by January 1, 2010. The publicat...

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12Parental Information Requests and Complaints
S.B. 440
Requires public schools to provide parents or guardians with information regarding making complaints or requesting information; provides for the responsibilities of schools and school governing authorities to provide such information; relates to parental notif...

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TNSigned into law 06/2008P-12Parent Notification
H.B. 3162
Provides that if a student is a victim of child abuse or sexual abuse that occurred on school grounds or under the schools care, then the principal must verbally notify the parents and provide all school information and records relevant to the alleged abuse. h...

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MDSigned into law 05/2008P-12Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
S.B. 473
Requires the State Department of Education to require local school systems to utilize passive parental consent before administering the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey designed to identify and document certain behaviors and conditions including ...

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GAAdopted 12/2007P-12Special Education
GAC 160-4-7
Revises rules regarding special education, including the rights of children and parents and assists educational agencies to provides for such and education.

Purpose for Exceptional Students Rules: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-4-7...

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INSigned into law 04/2007P-12Student Interrogation and Convictions
H.B. 1382
Requires a parent to be notified if a student is being interrogated by the police on school property regarding an investigation in which the student may be a
suspect. Requires a law enforcement agency to notify the chief administrative officer of the school or...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Psychiatric Evaluations & Medical Recommendations for Students
H.B. 202
Prohibits school personnel from conducting a psychiatric or behavioral health evaluation or mental health screening, test, evaluation, or assessment of a student, except if required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; prohibits school person...

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HISigned into law 07/2006P-12Assistance to Limited English Proficient Persons
H.B. 2778
Requires each state agency and all covered entities to take reasonable steps to ensure limited English proficient persons have meaningful access to services, programs, and activities. Requires steps to include competent, timely oral language services and writ...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12K-3 Diagnostic Assessments
S.B. 2272 - Section 5
If the diagnostic assessments administered to K-3 students indicate that a child is reading below grade level, requires the district to submit a report of the assessment results to the parent, which the parent must sign and return to the district. Provides th...

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GASigned into law 05/2006P-12Student Codes of Conduct
S.B. 413 Section 4 - 7
Defines 'clubs and organizations' and 'competitive interscholastic activity'. Requires local boards to include information regarding school clubs and organizations in the student code of conduct distributed annually at the beginning of each school year. Requ...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12Student and Parent Awareness
H.B. 538
Directs the commissioner of education to send annually to each superintendent a list of information that schools must provide to the electorate, community members, parents and students under state and federal law. Directs school boards to inform high school st...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Parental review of basic skills test
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
The commissioner must adopt and publish a policy to provide public and parental access for review of basic skills tests, Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or any other such statewide test and assessment. Upon receiving a written request, the commissioner m...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Psychotropic drugs
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
School officials must not use the refusal of a parent or guardian to consent to the administration of psychotropic drugs to their student or to consent to a psychiatric evaluation, screening or examination of the student as a ground, by itself, to prohibit the...

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FLVetoed 05/2005P-12Psychotropic Medication
H.B. 209
Defines term "psychotropic medication." Prohibits a recipient of state funds from requiring student to be prescribed or administered psychotropic medication as condition of receipt of educational services. Requires that, before a student is evaluated for the p...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12School Accountability and Crime Reporting
S.B. 1044
Authorizes local boards to adopt guidelines for the standardization of the format of school accountability report cards required by section 15-746 http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/15/00746.htm&Title=15&DocType=ARS

Authorizes local bo...

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UTVetoed 03/2005P-12Medical Recommendations for Children
H.B. 42
Prohibits school personnel from making certain medical recommendations for a minor, including the use of psychotropic drugs; prohibits the removal of a minor from parental custody based on a parent's refusal to consent to the administration of psychotropic dru...

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ARSigned into law 02/2005P-12Honor Roll Programs
S.B. 250
An act to ensure the continuation of district honor roll and academic achievement recognition programs. Specifies that no district may be prohibited from identifying students for honor roll, for valedictorian and salutatorian, or for other academic honors. All...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Pupils: Interrogation
A.B. 1012
Requires the principal of a school to take immediate steps to seek the consent of the parent or guardian of an elementary school pupil prior to making the pupil available to a peace officer for questioning. Prohibits making the pupil available for questioning ...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Parent of Suspended Pupil Allowed to Attend Portion of School Day
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
Repeals mandate and replaces with policy authorizing school district governing boards to adopt a policy permitting a parent or guardian of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher to attend a portion of the school day in the classroom from which the pupil w...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12District Uniform Complaint Process
S.B. 550 (multiple provisions)
SEC. 12: Requires a school district to use its uniform complaint process to help identify and resolve any deficiencies related to
instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean and safe manner or in good repair, and teache...

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NESigned into law 03/2004P-12School Districts
L.B. 172
Eliminates a requirement for school districts to provide abortion information....

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HISigned into law 05/2003P-12Employee Leave Benefits
S.B. 205
Requires public employers to provide at least two hours of paid (including travel time) leave during normal business hours to attend parent-teacher conference or parent-caregiver conference; limits employee to no more than two conferences per child in a calen...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Parental Authorization for Surveys or Questions
S.B. 895
Requires parental authorization for surveys or questionnaires administered to students requesting any personally identifiable information. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/SB895.pdf...

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ALActive 10/2002P-12Reporting to Parents
N/A
"Parents Right to Know" annotated document about NCLB.
http://www.alsde.edu/html/doc_download.asp?id=20029308446&section=57...

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CAActive 10/2002P-12Parental Notification for NCLB
N/A
Parental notification requirements for NCLB: (http://www.cde.ca.gov/govaffairs/attacha.html)...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: K-12 Student and Parent Rights
S.B. 20E
Inserts "directory" section to inform students and parents of their rights pertaining to a number of areas, including nondiscrimination, student records, discipline, safety, etc. See Bill section 92, page 173, line 19 ff. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/sessi...

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VASigned into law 02/2002P-12Student Surveys
H.B. 357
Requires local school boards to develop and implement policies to prohibit the administration of questionnaires or surveys to public school students during the regular school day or at school-sponsored events without written, informed parental consent for the ...

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NJSigned into law 01/2002P-12Survey Limitations
A.B. 3359
Allows school districts to administer certain surveys to students only after receiving written informed parental consent; requires consent if the information revealed relates to political affiliations, mental or psychological problems, sexual behavior and atti...

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12Parental notification of non-certified teachers
S.B. 416
Requires parental notification of an assignment of a non-certified teacher to teach a class for more than thirty consecutive days....

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HISigned into law 04/2001P-12Foster Parent's Rights
S.B. 1104
Relates to authority of foster parents to provide consents for the foster child's educational and recreational needs....

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UTVetoed 03/2001P-12Includes Noncustodial Parent in Communications
H.B. 168
Requires a public school to notify the custodial and attempt to notify the noncustodial parent of a student who is injured or becomes ill at the school and requires medical treatment for the injury or illness at a facility not located on the school premises....

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UTVetoed 03/2001P-12Notification of Noncustodial Parent
S.B. 222
Requires a peace officer, case worker or school to inform a custodial and noncustodial parent when a minor is taken into custody or suspended or expelled from school....

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VASigned into law 02/2001P-12Parent Rights Concerning Special Education
H.B. 1226
Relates to publication of procedure for changing special education placements. Directs the Board of Education to publicize and disseminate, to parents of students who are enrolled in special education programs or for whom a special education placement has been...

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CASigned into law 07/2000P-12
A.B. 2453
Chapter No. 67; Authorizes foster family agencies, with jurisdiction over currently enrolled or former pupils, to access records of grades and transcripts, and individualized education plans maintained by school districts or private schools of those pupils....

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CASigned into law 07/2000P-12Parents Rights
S.B. 1689
Relates to existing law which requires at the beginning of the first semester or quarter, the governing board of each school district to notify parents or guardians of minor pupils of specified rights and responsibilities of the parent or guardian. Requires th...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Parent Rights
H.B. 536
Conforms current law to the requirements of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by directing schools to annually notify parents of students currently enrolled and in attendance of their rights under FERPA and related regulations....

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