Parents have legal authority over the education of their minor children, particularly when it comes to the formation of their values.
As the National PTA explains, “Parents are recognized as having the primary responsibility for the upbringing of their children, including education.”
Several court cases recognize parental legal authority. See, for example:
- Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
- Meyer v. Nebraska (1923)
- Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925)
- Prince v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1944)
You can learn more about parental rights in K-12 education at these sites: