Senate passes bill to require release of class syllabi to parents

The bill is the third of five in the GOP's "Parents' Bill of Rights."

Sen. Michelle Benson/Minnesota Senate Media

The Minnesota Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would require teachers to provide class syllabi to parents within the first two weeks of school.

Sen. Michelle Benson, sponsor of the bill, said the goal is to “get kids back on the right track by increasing school transparency, disclosure, and accountability to parents.”

“Parents have the right to know what their kids are being taught,” she said. “It is imperative our schools have a well-planned and transparent curriculum. This legislation affirms what many educators are already doing and allows parents to have the information necessary to help decide what education option is best for their child.”

The bill is the third of five in the Senate GOP’s “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” a package of bills designed to give parents a greater say in the education of their children. Two others have passed: one that would require schools to inform parents of their right to review instructional materials, and another that prohibits school boards from requiring parents to disclose their home address in order to speak at meetings.