Texas teachers found violating Abbot's new Parental Bill could lose credentials, licensing and placed on 'Do not hire'


Teachers that are found to be violating Texas Governor Greg Abbott's new Parental Bill of Rights could be heavily ostracised by the state Education agency and lose any hope of ever working anywhere across the state.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott.Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Governor Greg Abbot's Parental Bill of Rights would allow parents to pre-screen curriculum, and teachers found to be in violation would be heavily ostracised by the Texas Education Agency, the Governor's office has announced.

The bill that the Governor has tabled will see the state Constitution amended to allow parents to pre-screen curriculum materials and ban potential "age-heavy" material in schools.

In other words, parents will work directly with the state education system to heavily assess the curriculum and decide if it's adequate to be taught in any of the schools across Texas.

As a result, parents may have more ability to influence school curriculum, hide teachings they disagree with and penalize educators whose lesson plans upset them.

One of the critical plans that Governor Abbott's new bill will see is parents deciding whether children should repeat courses or Grade level.

This means that the decision will no longer rely on the teacher or any of the school officials and heads of departments.

The statement released by Governor Abbott's office says:

When it comes to the classroom, Texas parents should have every right to know what their children are being taught. Under my plan, we will expand parents’ access to the course curriculum and all available school material. Also, we will ensure that if a parent has a concern about curriculum or policies, that those concerns are heard quickly and respectfully.”

The Governor heavily emphasized how this bill aims to protect all pupils across Texas from content deemed inappropriate or unfit for any of the course modules.

This new bill follows two different ones signed into power by Governor Abbott, as reported by the Washington Post in June 2021.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think parents should have this form of control over their kids' curriculum? Let me know your views in the comments section. And if you think more people should read this story, share it on social media.

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