Know Your Rights as a Christian in a Public School

Joe Carter | September 24, 2015


As the school year gets underway, many parents, students, teachers, and coaches have questions about what they legally can and cannot do as it relates to their Christian faith. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a non-profit organization that defends the religious liberty of Christians, has compiled a helpful collection of guidance on our Constitutionally protected rights. Below is information related to K–12 taken directly from various resources produced by ADF. Next week we’ll be posting more information related specifically to college students.

Rights of Student and Parent

Your child has the right to pray at school, talk about God in class assignments, start a religious club on campus that receives the same rights and resources as other clubs, and freely share their faith with others.

As a parent, you have the right to:  

  • Opt your children out of curriculum that would require them to violate your family's religious beliefs.
  • Depending on where you live, opt your children out of curriculum that would force them to violate your family's religious beliefs.
  • Depending on where you live, review the curriculum and teaching materials for any of your child’s classes.
  • Opt your child out of any extracurricular activity.
  • Depending on where you live, be notified if your child is enrolled in a course that includes sex education, family planning, homosexual themes, diversity issues, or extreme…

To read the rest of this article, visit http://thegospelcoalition.org/article/know-your-rights-as-a-christian-in-a-public-school.