Main St. Gazette: The Iowa House on Tuesday passed a curriculum transparency bill that requires public and charter schools to post their learning materials online.
Supports say the legislation, which passed in a 60-36 vote, is meant to protect parents’ right to know what their children are learning, particularly with the proliferation of critical race theory and other controversial content in classrooms throughout the country.
“I believe this will begin a great new period for parents and teachers to work together for the benefit of our students,” Republican Rep. Garrett Gobble said, according to KCCI. “Transparency will strengthen trust … and rightfully turn down the temperature and rhetoric surrounding education discussions.”
So what, exactly, does the legislation do? In short, it requires public and charter schools to post curricula and library books online, though not specific lesson plans.
“The bill passed by the House would require schools to post a course syllabus or written summary of the material that will be taught in each class, how the students classes meet or exceed the Iowa core educational standards and a list of all instructional materials that will be used in classes,” the Des Moines Register reported. “Schools could satisfy the requirement by giving parents view-only access to any classroom management software used by the district.” more here h/t NAAC