August 2, 2021

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Republican proposal would require school districts to post curriculum lists online | Local Education

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WILL worked with legislators on the legislative proposal.

“Parents should be empowered to find a school that fits their values, that educates their child and the topics that are important to them,” WILL director of education policy Libby Sobic said last month. “And the best way to ensure that every parent can make that decision is to give them easy access to information from the district.”

While the report focused on the same race-based discussion concepts that Republicans around the country have turned into a major culture clash, it also pointed out that liberals might be interested in what’s happening in classrooms. The report noted an example from Oklahoma in which a law required schools to “clearly and consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being.”

“Parents from all political persuasions deserve the opportunity to learn what is being taught in their schools,” the report stated.

[GOP bills would restrict teaching of race, bias in schools]

The report also pointed to the difficulty in accessing course materials via open records requests, citing expensive costs from certain districts to receive requested materials, including more than $5,000 from the Madison Metropolitan School District and more than $1,000 from the Kenosha Unified School District.