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Bill requires all teaching tools to be approved

A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that bars teachers from using any books or materials in the classroom that are not pre-approved by the school district.

State law currently requires that basic textbooks be approved ahead of time, and any supplemental books must be approved at some point during the school year. Approval for teaching aids and computer software are optional.

If the bill becomes law, all of those materials must be pre-approved and districts must post a list of those materials online.

The proposal was approved by the Senate Government Reform Committee on Wednesday by a vote of 4-2 along party lines, with Republicans in support.

The measure has to pass through another Senate committee before going for a full chamber vote.

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4 comments

  1. Horrible proposal. “Any books or materials” would have to be approved?? Let’s say that a teacher finds a timely newspaper article that ties in beautifully with something his students were already studying. Can he really not show that article to his students until it goes through an approval process? What if a 1st grade teacher has a child bring in a favorite read-aloud book from home to share with her peers — is that allowed?

    Let’s trust our teachers to be professionals and to pull in appropriate, timely resources whenever needed.

  2. So let me get this straight. I teach orchestra; all the pieces I MIGHT do, that I MIGHT teach with, must be approved in advance? BY FREAKIN’ WHOM? Some violinist wants to start a solo piece because (s)he’s become more motivated and improved over the course of the year, AND I CAN’T USE ONE BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE APPROVED FIRST?

  3. Enter Pearson (and a bunch of trained monkeys). Or wait, why not just outsource the entire delivery of content to India. They’re all highly educated, right?

  4. Yup, more government control will fix the problems in education. It’s been working great so far. It’s smart to chase out the best teachers by stifling them to the point where teaching is such a pain in the *** it’s not worth it. I’m getting there.

    Politicians are morons. Or are they? There is a popular backlash against teachers right now in many states. The only time politicans act is when they think it will garner them favor among the electorate. So the real question is, why do so many people think that it’s our fault their kid is not educated at the level they think he should be? And how will stupid bills like this help remedy that situation? In other words, to what end??????

    This is just politics. Nothing more. Another rule put in place so this idiot can claim to her/his constituents that “something is being done.”

    I see smart kids everyday. I don’t get it.

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