New law allows parent feedback on school textbooks

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Parents, have you ever opposed a textbook or teaching material used at your child's school? Well, you could soon have the power to help change that.

Lawmakers passed a bill putting school districts in charge of choosing school books and curriculum. They also are required to develop a policy where parents can object to his or her child's instructional material.

The parent must file a petition within 30 days of the material chosen by the school districts. School boards must then respond and hold a public hearing on the petition.

"A parent has a voice for their child, they're not expected to follow certain policies, they're not expected to sit quietly and let things go pass them without actually speaking up," said Meredith Mears, a Tallahassee parent.

Last year, lawmakers gave local districts the power to choose their own material, but this new bill requires them to do it, instead of the State Department of Education.

The bill is currently on Governor Rick Scott's desk awaiting his signature.


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