New 'Opt-Out' Form Gives Calif. Parents Greater Control Over Children's Education

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:21 PM EDT

( - Pro-family attorneys and organizations have drafted a new form that will allow California parents to "opt-out" their children from objectionable classes and activities that promote abortion, the use of condoms, homosexuality and transexuality.

The new Student Exemption Form was updated after a California law (SB 71) passed last year allowing schools to give surveys behind parents' backs, allows for sex education for children as young as kindergarten, and teaches children to appreciate homosexual behavior.

"Children belong to their parents, not to the State," said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families (CCF), a statewide pro-family leadership organization, in a statement.

"With disturbing sexual information being thrust upon schoolchildren, it is essential that parents and grandparents take immediate action to protect their children's eyes, ears and hearts," Thomasson said.

The form is available on the web sites of Campaign for California Families, Life Legal Defense Foundation, The Pro-Family Law Center, United States Justice Foundation, and other California-based pro-family organizations that will distribute it to parents.

"Our goal is to get the Student Exemption Form into the hands of every California parent who is concerned about protecting their child from indecent and gross activities at their local school," said Thomasson.

"Public schools aren't what they used to be, and vulnerable children can be exposed to all kinds of sexual indoctrination unless parents intervene. The Student Exemption Form gives moms and dads the opportunity to declare their rights to raise and educate the children that God gave them," Thomasson concluded.

"Given the ever-increasing attempts by educrats who believe 'we're the experts, you're just parents, and we know what is best for your child,' to impose their political agenda and views on students in public schools, it is vital that parents take an active part in the education of their children," said Gary Kreep, education attorney and executive director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), a conservative legal organization.

"Parents have important rights under state and federal law regarding the education of their children. The Student Exemption Form puts schools on legal notice that these rights must be respected, and gives parents a much stronger case if they are forced to sue," said Scott Lively, attorney and president of the Pro-Family Law Center.

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