Parents Applaud Bill Allowing Districts To Post Learning Materials Review Process

In the Peoria Unified School District, classic Civil Rights lessons have been replaced by at least one educator with the more political lesson, “A History of Discrimination.” [Photo courtesy the Arizona Daily Independent]

By B. Hernandez

Parents, like those in the Peoria Unified School District, are praising a bill, SB1058, which requires district and charter schools to post a list of procedures used to review and approve learning materials and procedures by which a parent can review learning materials in advance.

If the district does not have procedures used to review and approve learning materials, the bill requires them to post a “clear statement that no such procedures or processes are in effect at the school.”

While the bill has been stripped of meaningful reforms, supporters say the bill is a baby step in the right direction even if it only brings much needed attention to what is going on in Arizona’s K-12 classrooms.

Last week, Peoria parents attempted to share their concerns with district officials about lesson plans that involve and appeared to be based on the principles forwarded by the political organization, Black Lives Matter.

Not only were parents not advised that students would be exposed to curriculum of a highly controversial and clearly partisan nature, they were denied access to review the learning materials.

Barto’s bill at least provides them with a clear path to curriculum review, say education experts.

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