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parent rights in legislation – utah

February 28, 2014 by Tunya

From The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb 27, 2014

Lawmakers advance ‘bill of rights’ for Utah parents – SB122

Parents would have what amounts to a bill of rights in education under legislation forwarded to the full Senate on Thursday.

SB122, sponsored by Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, list the rights parents have when dealing with schools, including some new rights.

The bill aims to reengage parents who aren’t involved in their children’s education as well as those who have been shut out by educators, Osmond said.

He wants an education system, he said, that recognizes "the parent really is the lead" and that will customize education to get the best outcomes for students . . .

The version endorsed Thursday requires that schools make reasonable accommodations to let parents influence which teacher the child gets; visit classrooms; excuse a child’s absences; set the child’s level of academic rigor; excuse a child from statewide or national standardized tests; secure course credit if a child tests out or is competent in a subject; set the time for a parent-teacher conference; and be notified if a child violates discipline or conduct rules.

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