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Curriculum bill draws mixed reactions

Posted at 10:15 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 22:15:42-05
A bill sponsored by a Collier County lawmaker would give the public more input on what is taught in schools.
 
House Bill 989 would allow anyone in the public to lodge a complaint with their local school board if they have a problem with the content taught in schools.  That process is already open to parents.
 
"Our typical parent,they're busy with their children, putting food on the table going to work,'' said Rep. Byron Donalds (R) Naples.
 
The board would then appoint a committee to review the complaint.  
 
Some people are skeptical about the law.
 
"I feel that's the reason why we have a school board, picking the curriculum," said Christian Rodriguez.
 
At the end of the process, the committee would give its recommendation to the board for a final decision on if the content will remain part of the curriculum.
 
"It's not just about it being offensive or objectionable, it also has to be fact based, factual, it has to be balanced, said Donalds.
 
Parents and even former students worry people may over react about what kids are learning.
 
"A vast  majority of people who get upset about those things haven't read the content in the first place," said Patrick Miller.
 
But some parents are OK with the extra scrutiny.
 
"Parents should teach their children some things at home, but I just think it's a good idea," said Rose O’Reilly.
 
The bill needs approval by the house and senate and Governor Scott’s signature before becoming law.
 
Rep. Donalds’ wife Erika is a member of the Collier County School Board.