Colorado legislative committee rejects curriculum transparency bill

Chalkbeat Colorado: Colorado Democrats voted down a bill that would have required school districts to make all learning materials readily available to parents and made it easier for parents to raise objections about topics they deemed controversial.

Members of the House Education Committee said Thursday that they believe most teachers and school districts already make such information available to parents and disagreements can be handled at the local level without new laws.

“For 20 years I had parents come in and ask me what we were reading and I would show them, give them a book, let them take it home and read it,” said state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, a Durango Democrat and retired English teacher. “Most teachers welcome it. There aren’t enough parents who go in and talk to a teacher.”

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