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Parents' Bill of Rights

Senate Bill 49: Parents’ Bill of Rights (Session Law 2023-106)

The Bladen County Board of Education and Administration highly values parental  engagement and respects the rights of parents in the education and upbringing of their  children. Following the recent approval of the Parents' Bill of Rights by the North  Carolina General Assembly, our district remains committed to nurturing strong partnerships with parents to promote student success. Part of this commitment includes upholding the rights of parents to guide their children's education, access records, make  medical decisions, and engage with their academic progress.

North Carolina General Statute § 115C-76.25 outlines these rights, with many already  addressed in existing Board Policy. The recently approved legislation consolidates all this  information in one convenient location, promoting transparency and making it easily  accessible for families. Any Board Policy updates concerning these rights will be added  to our district website.

§ 115C-76.25. Parent legal rights for their child's education.

Parents have legal rights with regards to their child's education, including the following: 

a. The right to consent or withhold consent for participation in reproductive health  and safety education programs,   consistent with the requirements of G.S. 115C 81.30. (Policy Code: 3540 Comprehensive Health Education Program)

b. The right to seek a medical or religious exemption from immunization  requirements, consistent with the requirements of G.S. 130A-156 and G.S. 130A 157. (Policy Code: 4110 Immunization and Health Requirements for School  Admission

c. The right to review statewide standardized assessment results as part of the State  report card. (Policy Code: 1310/4002 Parental Involvement) (Policy Code:  1320/3560 Title I Parent and Family Engagement

d. The right to request an evaluation of their child for an academically or  intellectually gifted program, or for identification as a child with a disability, as  provided in Article 9 of this Chapter. (Policy Code: 3520 Special Education  Programs/Rights of Students with Disabilities) (Parents Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education: Notice of Procedural Safeguards) (Policy  Code: 4155 Assignment to Classes

e. The right to inspect and purchase public school unit textbooks and other  supplementary instructional materials, as provided in Part 3 of Article 8 of this Chapter. (Policy Code: 3210 Parental Inspection of and Objection to Instructional  Materials) (§ 115C-102. Right to purchase; disposal of textbooks and materials

f. The right to access information relating to the unit's policies for promotion or  retention, including high school graduation requirements. (Policy Code: 3420  Student Promotion and Accountability) (Policy Code: 3405 Students At-Risk of  Academic Failure) (Policy Code: 3460 Graduation Requirements)  

g. The right to receive student report cards on a regular basis that clearly depict and  grade the student's academic performance in each class or course, the student's  conduct, and the student's attendance. (Policy Code: 3400 Evaluation of Student  Progress

h. The right to access information relating to the State public education system, State  standards, report card requirements, attendance requirements, and textbook  requirements. (Policy Code: 1310/4002 Parental Involvement

i. The right to participate in parent-teacher organizations. (Policy Code: 5010 Parent  Organizations

j. The right to opt in to certain data collection for their child, as provided in Part 5 of  this Article and Article 29 of this Chapter. (Policy Code: 1310/4002 Parental  Involvement) (Policy Code: 4720 Surveys of Students

k. The right for students to participate in protected student information surveys only  with parental consent, as provided in N.C.G.S. § 115C-76.65. (Policy Code:  1310/4002 Parental Involvement) (Policy Code: 4720 Surveys of Students

l. The right to review all available records of materials their child has borrowed  from a school library. (Policy Code: 4700 Student Records) (Policy Code: 3210  Parental Inspection of and Objection to Instructional Materials)