New law allows textbook challenge

New law allows textbook challenge

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - As of July 1, parents now have the right to challenge their children's school textbooks.  Senate Bill 864 was signed by Governor Scott and says all textbooks must be made available to the public before a school years starts, and that parents can challenge them. Education advocate Connie Albers says it is important to give parents tools they can use.

"The most important thing is for parents to have a say in the educational system and what's going on and what is being taught to their children."

Albers believes that giving away power to Washington or Tallahassee when it comes to decisions about how to educate children will hurt parents and students in the long run.

"We give that to a bureaucrat on a federal and/or a state level then we do lose control, and once that happens and a parent tries to interject what is in the best interest of their child, they are shot down, and they are not given that voice they actually need to have."

SB 864 says a parent simply needs to fill out a proper form to challenge a textbook, and once that challenged is filed, the School Board for that district is required to hold a public hearing on the matter. Albers likes the ramifications of the bill.

"A parent being able to have access to what is being taught to their children puts that responsibility back to the parents hands, and when that happens we have a better educated society."

Many districts already have procedures in place for parents to challenge textbooks, but most will have to change those policies to conform to the new law before the school year starts.

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