- Counter Deception with Facts: When homosexual activist groups claim that they just want access to classrooms to promote "safety," use the facts--the groups' own materials-- to reveal the truth to your educators. (See Concerning Classroom Materials.)
- Use Statistics to Make Your Case: Statistics clearly show that bullying is widespread among children for a myriad of reasons. That's why children are best served by a policy that gives equal protection to everyone and puts the emphasis where it belongs--on prohibiting the wrong actions of the bullies. (See Fast Facts on Bullying.)
Make Your Voice Heard
Thank you for your willingness to take a stand and help protect children in your community by giving information to your public school officials. Below are several packets of information that you can either download to hand-deliver to your school officials–or email to them directly from this site. The packets contain information on the following topics:
- Tools for Protecting Parental Rights
- New Resource! Protecting Children’s Privacy (in Bathrooms/Locker Rooms)
- Bullying Issues
- Concerning Classroom Materials Promoted by Activist Groups
- Responses to Homosexual Advocacy Groups’ Messages to Schools
Tools for Protecting Parental Rights
When it comes to protecting your family’s rights and safeguarding your child’s innocence, it’s so important to be proactive. Don’t wait for bad situations or age-inappropriate materials to surface in your school. Take action now by sharing these new resources directly with your state representatives and/or local school board members and school officials.
- Model Parental Rights Policy/Legislation: You can encourage your state representatives, school board members and educators to enact a policy that strengthens and respects parents’ rights to guide their children’s education, especially concerning sensitive topics about sexuality and family issues. Simply use the links below to email them a model policy and accompanying cover letter—or download it and hand deliver or mail it to them! This model policy has been carefully researched and crafted by national legal experts at the Alliance Defending Freedom. It can be used for guidance either at the state or local school level.
- Executive Summary: Since model legislation can be rather difficult to wade through if you’re not a lawyer or elected official, we’ve provided a parent-friendly explanation of what the model policy does. Just click on the “Parent-Friendly Summary” option below to download and review.
- Parents’ Bill of Rights: You can also read the Parents’ Bill of Rights for tips on interacting with a public school and articulating your viewpoint.
New: Legal Resources for Protecting Students’ Physical Privacy
Facts on Bullying/Model Policy
When approaching school officials to discuss the issue of bullying, it’s important to have factual information and positive solutions in hand.
We believe the best and most effective policies are those that 1) protect children by strongly prohibiting bullying of any kind against any child for any reason, 2) respect local control, allowing school officials and parents to develop solutions that best meet their particular school’s needs and 3) do not unnecessarily politicize or sexualize the issue in a way that undermines parental rights and students’ religious freedoms.
Using the links below, you can give your school officials a model anti-bullying policy that accomplishes all of those objectives–in addition to data on bullying that demonstrate the need for these kinds of policies. The model policy was developed by the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Alliance Defending Freedom has also created a helpful yardstick tool to help officials evaluate policies. It provides a comparison of “good” and “bad” approaches to the top 10 most common components of anti-bullying policies.
Download the information to hand-deliver or mail to your school officials–or you can click the email option to send them a direct link to the model policy and facts on bullying.
Examples of Concerning Curricula/Classroom Activities
Focus on the Family often encourages parents to counter deception with the facts! Are there powerful, politically connected advocacy groups high-pressuring your school to promote homosexuality, bisexuality and other controversial topics? One way you can make your voice heard is to simply provide your school officials with actual examples of the kinds of materials these groups want to give to kids. We’ve made this easy for you by providing the information below:
Responding to Pressure from Homosexual Advocacy Groups
National homosexual advocacy groups like GLSEN–the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network–have sent letters to public school districts nationwide, pressuring them to promote activists’ messages about sexuality, while at the same time encouraging them to censor messages that differ from this viewpoint. Obviously this one-sided approach is not reflective of true tolerance or academic freedom.
That’s why groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom and Focus on the Family have joined together to give you the best information available, including the legal memorandum below responding to claims made by advocacy groups. You can print and deliver—or email—this resource to your school officials.
The Alliance Defending Freedom has handled many cases involving the issues discussed on this Web site and stands ready to provide your school officials with free legal advice, clarification or answers to questions they may have.