Heller Introduces "Parents Right to Know Improvement Act"
Last night, U.S. Congressman Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Parents Right to Know Improvement Act (H.R. 6292) which would allow parents access to background information on all professionals who work with their child.
"The cornerstone to a successful education begins in the home, with a family who is engaged in their child's education. In order to ensure that every child has the opportunity for a well rounded education, it is crucial that we empower parents with the resources necessary to make knowledgeable decisions on their child's future. It is vital to our education system to maintain standards where children receive services from qualified personnel, and parents have the right to ensure qualified individuals are teaching their children. My bill provides equal access to these resources by honoring families' special education needs," said Heller.
Under current law, schools that receive federal funding are obligated to notify parents with background information about their child's classroom teachers and teaching aids, upon the parents' request. However, parents with children who have learning disabilities are not able to receive background information on all of the professionals who work with their child. The Parents Right to Know Improvement Act would add specialized instructional support personnel such as school social workers, school psychologists, and speech, language, and hearing specialists to the list of personnel on whom parents may request background information.