Our Mission

Schoolhouse Rights’ mission is to defend and support the individual rights of students, parents, and faculty members in public K-12 education.  Freedom of speech and association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, sanctity of conscience, and the right of parents to guide and direct the upbringing of their children are rights essential to liberty and a free society.  Schoolhouse Rights defends these rights through litigation and advocacy on behalf of students, parents, and teachers in public education. 

Schoolhouse Rights is not a think tank, but an organization devoted to serving the practical legal needs of students, parents, and teachers in public schools.

Update on the Clark lawsuit:

During the temporary restraining order hearing in February 2021, the Federal District Court Judge stated that “William [was] likely to succeed on the merits” of his compelled speech claims and that “defendants would need to justify the curriculum under a strict scrutiny test.”

In early April, after a few weeks of discovery, Defendants not only offered to expunge William’s failing grade, but allowed William to opt out of the controversial course.

William is now on track to graduate this spring!


SchoolhouseRights.org supports civil rights litigation in defense of students’ freedom of conscience in public education and the rights of parents to guide and direct the upbringing of their children. SchoolhouseRights.org is a project of the International Organization for the Family, a 501(c)(3) charity, and donations are tax-deductible. All donations directed to SchoolhouseRights.org will go exclusively towards the legal and administrative costs associated with public interest litigation supported by SchoolhouseRights.org.

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