Parents' Bill of Rights

Parents' Bill of Rights

Each child’s maximum potential can best be achieved through a partnership between parents and the education community. To foster active engagement between parents and schools, parents have certain rights and responsibilities

All Parents Have The Right to:

A Free Public School Education

Parents have the right to a free public school education for their child in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Parents have the right to:

  1. a free public school education for their child, from kindergarten until age 21, or receipt of a high school diploma, whichever comes first, as provided by law;
  2. an evaluation for their child with a disability and, if found to be in need of special education, receive a free, appropriate education from age 3 through age 21, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations;
  3. bilingual education or English as a Second Language services, for their child with limited English proficiency, as required by law and regulations;
  4. have their child receive his or her full instructional schedule in accordance with the Department of Education school year calendar;
  5. have their child learn in a safe and supportive learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bigotry;
  6. have their child receive courtesy and respect from others and equal educational opportunities regardless of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) or weight;
  7. have a child accorded all the rights set forth in the Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities found within the New York City Department of Education’s Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures.