The Parental “Opt-Out” Letter that PACT has been pushing out is based on FERPA’s Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h. Additionally, it highlights in no uncertain terms, that implicit and/or unconscious bias assessments/tests are considered strictly scientific research and that it’s not ethical to require people to participate in such scientific research. This is fully supported by the organization that developed Implicit Bias testing, Implicit Association Test
This Parental “Opt-Out” Letter is extremely comprehensive and is not limited to race based curriculum/assessments only. It is the only Parental “Opt-Out” Letter that has been endorsed by Dr. James Lindsay, reviewed by (2) national law firms and is being used a parental resource by Virginia based Founding Freedoms Law Center. Please find highlights of “Opt-Out” Letter below:
- Based on FERPA and their The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, which requires Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) to respect/accept our decision to “opt-out”
- own or parents’ political affiliation or beliefs;
- mental or psychological problems of the student(s) or family members;
- sex behavior or attitudes;
- illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
- critical appraisals of their family members, close friends, and legally recognized privileged relationships such as lawyers, doctors and ministers,
- the student(s) or parent(s) and/or guardian(s) religious affiliations or beliefs, or
- income levels.
- taking any test, assessment, or examination that purports to determine whether my/our child(ren) have any alleged implicit or unconscious bias, including without limitation the Implicit Association Test.
- Pertaining to sexuality, sexual identity, gender identity, and sexual lifestyles on the grounds that the law identifies us, the parents or guardians, as the primary source of our children’s sexual education. Our children are not to be given reading materials, in-classroom displays, surveys, or verbal instruction of any kind pertaining to those areas.
- Any race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or socio-economic status is inherently superior or inferior to any other race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or socio-economic status.
- Fundamentally negative perceptions of our country, our state, or our local governments and institutions and/or those who serve therein.
- The values, principles, and/or ideals of one’s own, one’s family, one’s religion, or the country of the United States are incorrect, inferior, and/or limiting them from academic and/or social emotional growth and development.