Curriculum Transparency Bill Fails in Committee After Tie Vote
HB 344 (Local Policies for Public Education Curriculum Transparency) fails in the House Education Committee after a tie vote on Thursday, February 9.
UEA Government Relations Director Sara Jones told the committee, “We are asking you to please enact fewer regulations… and find more opportunities to trust professional educators.”
The bill sponsored by Rep. Jordan Teuscher (R-South Jordan) would have required each LEA governing board to establish a course content transparency policy that must be publicly available online.
UEA opposes HB 344 since school districts already can and do have policies in place.
Also in the House Education Committee, lawmakers discussed HB335 (Alternative Concurrent Enrollment Options for Capacity Flexibility). Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R-Ogden) sponsored the bill that provides an LEA to contract with a non-designated institution of higher education to provide concurrent enrollment courses.
“As a former concurrent enrollment teacher,” UEA Policy and Research Director Jay Blain told the committee, “I recognize the positive impact of this bill, especially for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who are trying to get a jump on their college experience. Any concurrent enrollment expansion is beneficial.”
HB335 passed out of committee unanimously.