Rhode Island
Nov 14, 1997 • Laws & Policies


The parent or guardian of any student, K-12, in public or private school may refuse to allow their child to dissect any animal or part of any vertebrate or invertebrate animal. Schools must provide students with alternative materials and exercises that have the same learning objectives as the dissection. Teachers may not discriminate against students who choose alternative projects. RI Stat. § 16-22-20 (1997).