State Senator Greg Reed’s, R-Jasper, President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate, “Parents’ Right to Know” bill was approved by the Senate Education Policy Committee on Wednesday positioning it for passage on the floor.
The “Parents’ Right to Know” bill requires the curricula that will be used in each classroom across each school district in Alabama to be posted on the school website at the beginning of each school year or within 30 calendar days after a new or revised curriculum is adopted. The posting will be verified by the local superintendent of education and local board of education.
“Our schools do an incredible job pouring into our young students, and I am so proud of the work our educators do daily,” said Senator Greg Reed. “This bill provides an opportunity for educators and parents to come together and be in lockstep about what is going on in our classrooms. We want educators to continue being able to do their jobs well, and we want parents to be as invested in their children’s educations as possible. A large portion of schools across Alabama already practice this policy, and implementing similar measures uniformly statewide will help build collaboration between schools and families across our state.”
The “Parents’ Right to Know” bill also requires each classroom teacher, upon request, to allow the parent of a child enrolled in the class to examine all instructional and supplemental materials and books available to students in the classroom. A parent may file a complaint with the local superintendent if a classroom teacher does not comply. If not resolved within 10 school days, the parent may file a complaint with the state superintendent. Annually, for the previous school year, the number of complaints received by a local superintendent will be reported to the state superintendent who, statewide and by county, will report those numbers to the Chairs of the Senate and House Education Policy Committees. A complaint filed pursuant to the act is an educational record of the student on whose behalf the complaint was filed.
If passed and signed by Governor Ivey, the bill would become law on June 1, 2024.