PARENTAL CURRICULUM REVIEW MINNESOTA STATUTE 120B.20
A wonderful parental rights statute, the Minnesota Parental Curriculum Review is an effective and protective resource for parents and children. Statute 120B.20 states that all parents and adult students (18 years+) have the right to see their children’s curriculum, prior to study. Viewing curriculum extends to all forms of curricula – text and online.
If a conflict, concern or conscientious objection is noted, parents should speak to their children’s teacher in a timely manner and set up a meeting to arrange an opt out situation. Always ask to view an alternative curriculum. Otherwise, if none is available, the parent may choose their own curriculum and at parent’s cost. Parents may teach the curriculum afternoons, evenings or weekends. This is true for ANY subject. There shall not be any penalty or consequence from opting out. If your school will not allow a parent to view the curriculum, that district is out of compliance with the law.
This is your right! Know the law and use it!!!
“Each school district shall have a procedure for a parent, guardian, or an adult student, 18 years of age or older, to review the content of the instructional materials to be provided to a minor child or to an adult student and, if the parent, guardian, or adult student objects to the content, to make reasonable arrangements with school personnel for alternative instruction. Alternative instruction may be provided by the parent, guardian, or adult student if the alternative instruction, if any, offered by the school board does not meet the concerns of the parent, guardian, or adult student. The school board is not required to pay for the costs of alternative instruction provided by a parent, guardian, or adult student. School personnel may not impose an academic or other penalty upon a student merely for arranging alternative instruction under this section. School personnel may evaluate and assess the quality of the student’s work.”