Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Senate Education Committee Approves Bill to Enhance Parental Insight into School Curriculum

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee has given its stamp of approval to a bill aimed at empowering parents with greater visibility into their children's educational experiences. 

The bill, Senate Bill 340, was supported during its review by the committee, led by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).

Sen. Argall, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, expressed his commitment to parental involvement in education. He stated, "Every parent deserves to know more regarding what their child sees in the classroom."

Sponsored by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), Senate Bill 340 seeks to require school districts to provide easily accessible information to parents. This information includes an internet link or title for every textbook utilized in the schools, comprehensive course syllabi, and clear outlines of the state academic standards associated with each course.

The bill's provisions aim to bridge the information gap that often exists between educators and parents, offering them a tool to understand the content and objectives of their child's education. 

It's worth noting that similar legislation was previously approved by both the Senate and the House in the preceding year. The earlier efforts were vetoed by then Governor, Governor Tom Wolf 

This new iteration of the bill now sets its sights on overcoming past obstacles as it advances to the Senate floor for further consideration.