HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have required school districts to post information about textbooks, course materials and academic standards online. the state.
The Democratic governor said the legislation “politicizes what is taught in our schools” and that state regulations already require public schools to provide similar materials upon request.
Wolf calls the vetoed bill’s requirements redundant and overly burdensome.
“This legislation is a thinly veiled attempt to restrict truthful teaching and censor content that reflects diverse cultures, identities and experiences,” Wolf said in a veto message explaining his action. “My administration is committed to creating a safe learning environment for all students, and we will not participate in this dangerous and harmful imposition.
The bill would have required that links or titles for each textbook and course outline be posted on district websites, beginning with the next academic year, and updated regularly.
The bill’s lead sponsor, Dauphin County Rep. Andrew Lewis, a Republican, called the veto Wolf’s effort to limit parents’ access to the information they need to assess their children’s education. children.
Parties in both chambers were split almost along party lines in votes on the measure, with Republicans backing the bill and Democrats opposing it.
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