House Engrossed Senate Bill
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
SENATE BILL 1453
Amending title 15, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 15‑113; relating to public educational institutions.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 15, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-113, to read:
15-113. Rights of parents; public educational institutions; definition
A. A parent of a student in a public educational institution has the right to review learning materials and activities in advance. A parent who objects to any learning material or activity on the basis that the material or activity is harmful may request to withdraw that student from the activity or from the class or program in which the material is used and request an alternative assignment.
B. A charter school may require parents to waive the right to object to learning materials or activities pursuant to subsection A as a condition of enrollment if the charter school provides a complete list of books and materials to be used each school year before the student enrolls. If the charter school introduces books or materials that were not disclosed prior to enrollment, the parent retains the right to object to those materials pursuant to subsection A.
C. A charter school may require that any request to review learning materials or activities or to withdraw the student from learning materials or activities pursuant to subsection A be made in writing.
D. A public educational institution shall obtain signed, written consent from a student's parent or guardian before using video, audio or electronic materials that may be inappropriate for the age of the student.
E. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Objects to any learning material or activity on the basis that it is harmful" means objections to a material or activity because of sexual content, violent content, or profane or vulgar language.
2. "Public educational institution" means any of the following:
(a) A school district, including its schools.
(b) A charter school.
(c) An accommodation school.
APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR APRIL 15, 2011.
FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 15, 2011.