HARRISBURG – House Bill 1332
passed by the House of Representatives today would require K-12 schools to post curricula online in a standardized, user-friendly manner, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin).
The curriculum transparency legislation would empower parents by letting them easily research what their children will be taught in school.
“The curriculum plan, including textbooks, needs to be online for parents to review at any time, and those websites need to be updated each time the curriculum is revised,” Lewis said. “Too many parents have no idea what is being taught until they see their children’s homework.”
Lewis hopes increased transparency within Pennsylvania schools would set an example for other states to follow.
“It is especially important for curricula and lesson plans to be posted prior to the start of the school year, so families can prepare for the coming term and provide feedback to school officials if needed. I’ve heard from many parents who want to be empowered with this information,” he said.
The bill, as amended on the floor, would go into effect for the 2022-2023 academic year. The bill also stipulates that a school administrator or designee would be required to post the curricula online, so as not to burden teachers; school entities would have 30 business days to update their websites after approval of updated curricula.
House Bill 1332 was sent to the Senate for its consideration.
Representative Andrew Lewis
105th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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