Colorado Springs, Colo. – Focus on the Family is updating TrueTolerance.org, the online tool for parents who want to respond in a loving and fact-based way to public schools including themes like homosexuality and gender identity in their curriculums.
This is a scenario more and more parents are facing – from elementary school lessons promoting cross-dressing or proposals to distributing contraceptives to elementary-age students. Many times, parents feel powerless to safeguard their child’s innocence and protect their parental rights.
“We hear from so many parents who want to safeguard their children from adult agendas and views that contradict their faith. We want parents to know they are not alone,” said Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family and director of Truetolerance.org. “Focus has come together with some of the nation’s top legal experts to provide parents with resources that can be used as positive solutions.”
Truetolerance.org provides parents with tips on how to interact with the public school system; red flags to watch for to know if they should be concerned; information about current issues in schools; and resources that guide parents on how to respond in a legally sound way to controversial topics regarding sexuality and identity being taught to their children.
The site has been updated for the new school year to include a Parents’ Bill of Rights and a model parental rights policy.
The Parents’ Bill of Rights outlines rights that parents should have with their local school district, such as reviewing the school’s curricula and observing their child’s classes. Parents can bring this document in to their child’s school and discuss it with school officials as a way to articulate how they want to be involved in their child’s education.
The model parental rights policy can be used at the state or local level. Developed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, it would protect parental rights in their child’s school, such as the right to be notified when topics such as homosexuality or sex education are brought up, and to exempt their child from those lessons. Sharing this policy with school board members and state legislators is one way for parents to uphold their right to direct their child’s education.
To coordinate a media interview, contact Nina Coppola at 719-531-3386 or by email at Nina.Coppola@fotf.org.