House Bill 755 is more commonly referred to as the Teacher or Academic Transparency Bill. The North Carolina House approved the bill Wednesday night in a 66-50 vote. The bill would require school districts with more than 400 students to post educational materials used by teachers “prominently” on school websites.
The vote was split almost exactly down party lines with Republicans in favor and Demoncrats opposing. One Republican voted against the bill.
The Senate is expected to hear House Bill 755 next week.
What Would It Mean?
HB 755 requires teachers to post textbooks, reading materials, previous years’ lesson plans, as well as videos, digital materials, and other miscellaneous materials for parents to review.
Teachers would be required to post educational materials at the end of the school year. This is so parents can review them before the next academic year starts. The posted information would be a list of instructional materials with identifying information, but not include copies of the material.
Who Supports It?
HB 755 is sponsored by Burke County Rep. Hugh Blackwell. Blackwell hopes it will increase parent involvement in academics.
Opposers of the bill believe it is unnecessary, creates “busy work” for teachers, and is a way to stop the teachings of “critical race theory”
The NC Association of Educators, who opposes the bill has launched a letter-writing campaign to persuade the Senate to vote against it.