Bill Description: House Bill 329 strengthens parents’ rights by requiring parental consent for students in K-12 public schools to join clubs and organizations.
Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?
House Bill 329 requires public schools to notify parents of students about the clubs and organizations their children may participate in. The bill requires schools to obtain formal, written consent t from parents before a student can join or participate in a school club or organization. This bill strengthens parental rights and curtails the ability for government employees in public schools to encourage or coerce students to join clubs or organizations without parental notification or consent.
Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? Conversely, does it increase public access to information related to government activity or increase government transparency or accountability?
House Bill 329 requires the school board to approve and publish annually a list of school clubs, advisors and a description of the club and activities. This requirement increases transparency and accountability of public schools to parents by making lists of all public school clubs and advisors within the school district publicly available for parents to review before enrolling their child in a public school.
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