ERIC Number: ED203436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Rights in Education.
Volz, Marlin M.
Chapter 15 in a book on school law summarizes court decisions and legislation concerning the rights of parents in the education of children. On purely educational matters, the interest of the parent normally must yield to the dominant interest of the state. Parental arguments are strongest when they can sincerely rely upon religious beliefs that are at variance with a particular educational policy or law. Courts have held that parents have control over the religious upbringing of their minor children and can send their children to a public school or a qualified private or parochial school. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, parents have a right to inspect and review the educational records of their children, to a hearing to challenge the content of their child's educational records, and to inspect all instructional material, including teachers' manuals, films, tapes or other supplemental material. The U.S. Supreme Court has sanctioned the use of corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure where the force used was reasonable, where an investigation or hearing establishing guilt preceded punishment, and where the student was advised of the reason for the punishment, in compliance with the right of due process. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Corporal Punishment, Court Litigation, Curriculum, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Grievances, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent School Relationship, Public Schools, School Districts
Not available separately; see EA 013 472.
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974
Note: Chapter 15 of "School Law for a New Decade" (EA 013 472). For related documents, see EA 013 472-493.