HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Education Committee approved legislation on a 7-4 party line vote amending the Public School Code to make curriculum information more easily accessible to parents. House Bill 1332 is sponsored by Dauphin County Rep. Andrew Lewis. The bill was amended to specify what would be required of schools to post online, including a course syllabus or written summary, the state academic standard for each instructional course, and title or link to textbooks used, but not if it violates a copyright. It also defines a chief school administrator. Opponents call the bill “an unfunded mandate aimed squarely at fueling the larger culture war that pits the public against teachers and politicizes education, masquerading as transparency legislation.” The bill now goes to the full state Senate for consideration.

REP. ANDREW LEWIS