We believe in providing all students with a rigorous education that focuses on Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, History, Science and the Arts—free from political ideology and special interest group agendas.

It is imperative that parents understand their options and have the resources available to arm themselves with the knowledge they need to advocate for their children and community.

Did you know that you have different rights depending on if your children are attending Private, Public, Charter or Magnet schools?

Look within our Tools section to find links to resources developed by experts that will help you to understand the educational landscape and arm you with the ammunition you need to be a brave and confident warrior in the fight for your child’s best education and in-school learning environment.

Public Schools:

From courses, curriculum, hiring and more, the government makes the decision on how our public schools are run because they are funded with federal, state, and local tax dollars. As such, public schools, must follow federal guidelines, including the U.S. Constitution, and uphold federal anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws.

All students have a right to a free, quality public education. They must accept all students. Students are assigned to schools within districts based on where they live; however, you may apply for special permission to attend other schools. You must reapply each year for admittance and you must provide round trip transportation.

Charter Schools:

Like Public schools, Charter schools are funded with tax -payers’ dollars. Unlike Public schools, attendance is not restricted to the jurisdictional boundary of where you are zoned. Charter schools have more control over their operations and hiring. Depending on where they are located, charter schools may fall within or outside educational oversight by the state.

Magnet Schools:

Magnet schools are also tax-payer funded. They are public schools that focus on specialties like STEM or the Arts. Magnet schools are often selective, admitting students either through a competitive application process or a lottery.

What Else to Know:

Budget: How much is being spent on specific programs/curriculum? Were any outside consultants brought in, for what reason, and at what cost? Do you believe that these resources might have been better spent elsewhere to benefit needy students? Where?

Education quality: How does your school perform? What percentage of children read at grade level? How about math and other subjects? How does that compare with city/state/national statistics? If your school isn’t a top performer, is it really smart to direct time and resources away from basic learning?

Public Opinion: Has your school collected any feedback about its programming? If so, was it anonymous? If not, those results are probably inaccurate, seeing as a majority of Americans self-censor on controversial subjects out of fear.

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