The Iowa House voted 60-36 in favor of passing HF2577, which would make Iowa public schools and charter schools have to post their curriculum and books online for parents to see and review.
With this bill, parents would be able to review any instructional materials and request that their students opt out of certain materials giving control back to the parents as to what their children are exposed to.
Once the curriculum is set, if any of the school’s materials change, teachers would be required to update the information online by the end of the school week. Violating the law’s transparency requirements could lead to fines between $500 and $5,000.
If signed into law, the legislation would also require schools to post their library’s catalog online along with information for parents to request that certain materials be removed.
Over the past few years, parents have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of transparency especially when it comes to Critical Race Theory and Transgender Education, and have demanded that they be able to weigh in on whether these topics are appropriate for school-aged children.
“Parents matter and they deserve transparency in their children’s education,” said Rep. Phil Thompson, the bill’s floor manager, according to a report from the Des Moines Register.
School library books have become a much-debated topic as well, as some parents believe their children are being provided with content that is not age appropriate, or worse pornographic that borders on the line of pedophilia.
Twitter user Ian Hillery tweeted his outrage towards the fact that “Graphic Gender Queer Sex Books” are being marketed to kids in school as well as on Amazon.
The bill now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate led by Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver(R).