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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 22, 2021 12:22 PM
From: Representative Andrew Lewis
To: All House members
Subject: Empowering Parents with Curriculum Transparency
 
Across Pennsylvania there is currently no standardized, simple and user-friendly way for parents to review the curriculum that will be taught to their children for the upcoming school year. This leaves many parents frustrated and feeling out of the loop, not knowing the content of lesson plans and textbooks that will be provided to their children. As an example of this frustration, I recently spoke with the parents of a young student who were dismayed to learn about what was being taught to their son on a specific topic – they had no idea this was included in his curriculum until they reviewed his homework.

To address this problem and to empower parents with information at their fingertips so they can know exactly what will be taught to their children at school, I will soon be introducing curriculum transparency legislation. This legislation will require public school districts to publish on their websites the actual curriculum that will be taught for each grade and for each subject area, so parents can review the lessons and textbooks in advance of the school year.

By empowering parents with this information before the school year starts, we can ensure that curriculum and lesson plans being taught in our public schools are in line with the educational objectives and wishes of parents. Parents across our communities will be able to easily review these materials and provide feedback to school district officials before the next school year starts.

This legislation is vital to ensure that parents across our communities remain in the driver’s seat when it comes to the education of their children. I hope you’ll join me in this endeavor by co-sponsoring this critical legislation.



Introduced as HB1332