HB2230/SB2180 Transparency in higher Ed instructional material Hulsey/Niceley

Bill Description

Rep. Hulsey and Senator Niceley's bill would have required state institutions of higher education to post all the instructional material to be used in a class before students are required to register for classes. The students and their parents would be able to know what to expect and could avoid classes that used objectionable material, if that was their choice.

TLRC Position

We supported the original iteration of the bill. We are disappointed in the amendment which gutted the bill.

TLRC Observed Process

This bill was gutted by Chairman Forgety's amendment before it passed out of Ed. Instruction & Programs subcommittee:
"Each state institution of higher education shall notify parents of enrolled students
of the parents' rights to view student records under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g) on the institution's website."
An identical amendment was offered by Sen. Gresham in the Senate Ed committee. The amendment simply gives parents what they already had.
Understand that the thumbs up is for the intent of the bill, not the outcome.

Vote Result: Passed

Score: 5

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