Every Delaware Parent Needs To Be At Legislative Hall Today To Support Their Right To Opt-Out & House Bill 50 #supportHB50

Parental Opt-Out of Standardized Testing

“The rights of parents to the care, custody and nurture of their children is of such character that it cannot be denied without violating those fundamental principles of liberty and justice which lie at the base of all our civil and political institutions, and such right is a fundamental right protected by this amendment (first) and Amendments 5, 9, and 14.” Doe v. Irwin

“This decision clearly affirmed that the Constitution protects the preferences of the parent in education over those of the State. In the same decision, the Supreme Court also recognized that the right of the parents to delegate their authority to a teacher in order to instruct their children was protected within the liberty of the Fourteenth Amendment.” re: Meyers v. Nebraska, Christopher J. Klicka, esq.

“This case involves the fundamental interest of parents, as contrasted with that of the state, to guide the religious future and education of their children. The history and culture of Western civilization reflect a strong tradition of parental concern for the nurture and upbringing of their children. This primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring tradition.” Wisconsin v. Yoder

“It is cardinal with us that the custody, care, and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation for obligations the State can neither supply nor hinder.” Prince v. Massachusetts

“The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excluded any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right and the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” Pierce v. Society of Sisters

“By allowing the state to override the decisions of parents regarding the upbringing of their children… significantly interferes with the fundamental rights of parents.” Lulay v. Lulay

“Although such measures have been deliberately approved by men of great genius, their ideas touching the relation between individual and State were wholly different from those upon which our institutions rest; and it hardly will be affirmed that any legislature could impose such restrictions upon the people of a State without doing violence to both letter and spirit of the Constitution.” Meyer v. State of Nebraska

“These aren’t just words, they are the law, upheld by some of the highest courts in the United States of America. A no vote from you today tells all Delawareans you don’t believe in the law of the land.  See you later today!” Kevin Ohlandt in email to the Delaware House of Representatives including all the quotes in this article

This is it.  Today is the day House Bill 50 gets a vote in the full Delaware House of Representatives.  We need every single parent who supports essential and fundamental rights of parents to please come down and support this legislation.  This is it.  If this bill does not pass today, it is dead.  If you don’t want schools to act the same way next year with opt-out, and the mass confusion parents went through, then please come down or up to Dover.  Legislators who are on the fence or don’t support the bill need to see the faces of who they are saying no to.  Because a no vote for this bill is a no vote for parents.  It is that simple.