Bill 167


Sarah Issa, Reporter

On December 30th 2021 the senate proposed a bill known as Senate Bill 167. This bill would require each teacher to post their assignments a whole year in advance. This would become an obstacle for teachers as there isn’t a specific way to know what you’re going to be teaching in a year. The teachers wouldn’t be able to help their students if they need extra time on a topic because it wouldn’t fit the calendar they posted. This also happens when students understand the topic well the teacher wouldn’t be able to progress because that’s not what the calendar has planned. There is no way to foresee what material the students will need a year in advance. How would you feel if your child’s ability to progress was stifled due to the teacher having to follow the exact curriculum planned.

            This bill also will not allow any teacher to discuss sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation within the classroom. This forbids students to learn about major events in our history. Bill 167 also states that students shall not be required to do any personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that revels or affects students personal attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings without parent permission. The teachers would have to have an alternative assignment for students who are not participating in these topics but still somehow teach them the same material. The students would have to leave the class, this would call for more teachers and classrooms. Bills like this one with identical language are popping up all over the country. This could pose a threat to the already ever climbing teacher shortage.