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Your role as a parent in your child’s life is the most important role of all.

You’re the one responsible for their safety, wellbeing, and protection. And you have the constitutional right to direct your child’s education, upbringing, and healthcare. But public schools are constantly pushing the limits of their authority, all while your hard-earned tax dollars foot the bill for an education that violates your rights as a parent. 

There’s a good chance that your child’s district is teaching some sort of radical ideology such as Critical Race Theory, gender theory, or another politically-charged agenda without your knowledge or consent. Though they might want to keep it from you, you’re entitled to know what is happening in the classroom. You are an advocate for your child’s education, and you have rights under the  law that cannot be denied by public school systems. 

The Goldwater Institute is here to help you understand your rights as a parent and to ensure those rights are defended. You have the power to take a stand and find out what your child is learning, how schools are keeping your child safe, and how public schools are spending your money. We’ll help arm you with the information you need to confidently demand that your inherent rights as a parent are recognized and respected.

What are public schools 

From racist ideologies to radical politics to new theories about gender, curriculum in public schools is increasingly agenda-driven. 

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How are public schools 
keeping our children safe?

The concept of safety spans beyond freedom from physical risk, encompassing emotional, social, and psychological well-being. 

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How are public schools 
spending money?

As parents, voters and taxpayers, school district spending is our business.

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Exercise Your Rights

How to Request Records From Your Public School
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Parents’ Rights Under Attack

Terrie Chumal’s son endured relentless bullying and assaults for two years, and she was tired of the district giving her the runaround about what was happening in their schools. Terrie submitted a public records request to see the number of bullying, assault, and police reports filed with the district between 2015 and 2022. 

Joshua Independent School District attorneys told Terrie she’d have to pay over $7,000 to receive access to these public records. That’s when The Goldwater Institute stepped in. 

We’re helping Terrie and her family get the simple information they requested–and that they’re entitled to by law, without the obscene fees. Schools should be supporting parents, not fighting against them. 

When matters of school safety, curriculum, and budgets are in question, parents should never be kept in the dark. But when citizens are unaware of their rights, they need resources to point them in the right direction. We’re giving parents the tools and information they need to effectively protect their children and obtain academic transparency in public schools.

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The Goldwater Institute stands ready to defend parents’ rights, help parents hold schools accountable, and access information through public records requests. Contact us if you have questions about how to request information from your school or if you need help defending your parental rights.

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Why We Defend Parents’ Rights & Fight for Transparency in Education 

The Goldwater Institute is the nation’s preeminent liberty organization scoring real wins for freedom from coast to coast. We’re committed to empowering and educating parents on their rights: the right to request and obtain information from public schools, the right to know what is being taught in the classroom, the right to know how schools are keeping children safe, and to see how they are spending money. 

We fight for parents across America, representing them in court, working in state legislatures and communities nationwide to advance, defend, and strengthen the freedom guaranteed by the constitutions of the United States.

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