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Hendrickson & Curry: Time for Greater Accountability in Education

February 2, 2022

Parents across Iowa are demanding greater accountability from public schools. The COVID-19 pandemic, along with current social and political movements, has raised significant concerns from parents about what is happening in K-12 classrooms across the state. Parents want greater visibility into what their children are learning and what types of books and other resources are utilized in school. Whether it is radical 1619 Project curriculum or controversial books that use vulgar words and portray explicit and pornographic content, curriculum concerns are driving this demand for more transparency and accountability. Requiring public schools to be fully transparent about classroom curriculum, available books and other resources within schools is a commonsense and much-needed reform.

Governor Kim Reynolds agrees. In her Condition of the State address, Governor Reynolds made transparency and accountability a priority. “Recently, several parents brought to light that schools are buying and teaching with books that contain vulgar and sexually explicit material involving minors. These books are so explicit they’d be X-rated if they were movies. The content is so bad that after a parent read them at a school board meeting, the district took the live stream down from its website because the passages were too inappropriate—and yet many of these books remain in school libraries today,” Governor Reynolds stated.

Read the rest of the op-ed at The Iowa Torch or The Gazette.

John Hendricks is the Policy Director for TEF Iowa.

Heather Curry is Director of Strategic Engagement at the Goldwater Institute.



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