Keep parents in the dark? Get sued

Friday, October 16, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

standardized testsAnother lawsuit has been filed challenging a Los Angeles-area school district's failure to inform parents of their right to opt out their children from controversial Common Core tests.

Pacific Justice Institute filed the lawsuit last month against the Conejo Valley Unified School District, northwest of Los Angeles. That comes on the heels of a similar lawsuit filed by PJI against the Walnut Valley Unified School District in Los Angeles County.

PJI president Brad Dacus says despite the reasons schools want students to take the standardized Common Core testing, they must inform parents of their opt-out rights.

"... Under law, [parents] have a fundamental right to opt their children out," he emphasizes, "and it is a legal requirement of school districts to ensure that clear notice is given to parents of their right to exercise that option."

Dacus, Brad (PJI)According to the attorney, his firm doesn't plan to restrict its efforts to just schools in the Golden State. "We also intend to work with [and] to empower parents in other states to ensure that their states have similar statutes enacted to respect their rights to opt out of Common Core assessments tests as well," he tells OneNewsNow.

Dacus says the California Education Code and Code of Regulations grant parents important rights that serve as checks and balances to the educational bureaucracy. "This lawsuit aims to restore parental choice, increase transparency, and challenge the status quo," he concludes.

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