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Petitioning for Changes in Legislation to Protect Children and Families

3 Important Changes That Need to Take Place NOW

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Enforcement of The Parents' Bill of  Rights
 

Senate Bill 49, The Parents Bill of Rights was a positive step in reestablishing parental rights in North Carolina. The statute attempts to place the primary responsibility of education, well-being and health of children back in the hands of parents where it belongs.  Sadly, SB49 does not include the legal mechanism to ensure schools are compliant. We want legislation that will provide recourse and action when school officials and school boards are non compliant and place children at risk.

Here is what is needed:​

DISCIPLINARY ACTION INCLUDING POSSIBLE TERMINATION for any employee that encourages, coerces, or attempts to encourage or coerce a child to withhold information from his or her parents.​

IF A PRINCIPAL FAILS TO PROVIDE REQUESTED INFORMATION, the parent can appeal the decision to the school board and can seek judicial review.​

 

IF A PRINCIPAL IS UNABLE TO RESOLVE A PARENTAL CONCERN, the parent can request a hearing with a hearing officer that is a member of the NC Bar with the decision of the hearing officer being ENFORCEABLE or binding. and/or can bring court action for relief. ​

DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND POSSIBLE TERMINATION OF A TEACHER THAT FAILS TO OBTAIN PARENTAL CONSENT FOR SURVEYS OR CLASSES as required by the statute, there is currently no recourse. ​

 

IF A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FAILS TO OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION before proceeding with specific services, soliciting, or arranging medical services, the health care provider must face disciplinary action.​

 

SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF PARENTS TO SUE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM for failure to comply with the provisions of The Parents Bill of Rights.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE.

 

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Revise § 14‑190.15. and Establish State-Wide High Standards and Criteria for All Books and Materials

Obscene books can be found in schools and school libraries across our state. Many books and schools are shown on our website on the Book Locations Page. Many of these books have sexually inappropriate or confusing gender content, some including self harm, suicide, violence, and/or racism.

One of the first and easiest changes PEP would like to see the revision or removal of the defense portion of "NC § 14‑190.15. Disseminating harmful material to minors; exhibiting harmful performances to minors. (2) The defendant was a school, church, museum, public library, governmental agency, medical clinic, or hospital carrying out its legitimate function; or an employee or agent of such an organization acting in that capacity and carrying out a legitimate duty of his employment." The defense of school employees and library staff must be removed. Administrators and staff must be responsible for content made available to minors found in libraries and/or used for instruction in classrooms whether it be print, digital, or any other type of media.

The State Board of Education is required by the NC General Assembly to establish guidelines for county advisory committees reviewing objectionable books. To our knowledge, this has not been done. The 100+ districts are creating and revising their policies  without state level direction. The challenge  process seen across the state ranges from convoluted to limited, and allows challenged books to remain on shelves for months on end while the process plays out. Only a few districts have developed a criteria based tool to be used for the challenge book evaluation. We believe a detailed state standard and criteria should be created for use by school districts and schools across the state. 

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 Repeal Minor's Right to Consent to Medical Care WITHOUT Parental Consent

North Carolina law NCGS 90-21.5 (a) currently allows children of ANY AGE to consent to medical care and/or testing for STDs, AIDS, drugs/alcohol, pregnancy, and emotional disturbance WITHOUT parental consent.  

The law,  Minor's consent sufficient for certain medical health services,  prevents parents from knowing about medical care provided for their child. The law also prevents testing and treatment in areas a parent requests if the child objects. Most concerning is that the law prevents a parent from having access to medical records, drug records, and records showing emotional disturbance for their child.

Parents, not the government, nor doctors, are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of their children. Parental rights must be preserved in all areas of medical decisions. Please sign to repeal NCGS 90-21.5(a)

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

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