Bill Requiring NC Teachers To Post All Lessons Plans And Other Materials Online Passes State House

CHARLOTTE, NC. —  Demoralizing. That’s what 7th-grade CMS teacher Justin Parmenter is calling HB 755 or “An Act to Ensure Academic Transparency.” The bill passed the North Carolina House last week by a 66-50 vote and is now moving to the Senate. There are reports some GOP lawmakers say the legislation is necessary because they are concerned about what children are learning.

“It’s a solution in search of a problem. It’s something that I don’t think the majority of parents are calling for,” Parmenter says.

The legislation requires school districts and charter schools with 400 students or more to post on the school’s website all lesson plans, instructional materials, and procedures for how an in-person review of lesson materials may be requested. After an already difficult year, Parmenter says this would add to teacher’s workload and would create more issues with North Carolina retaining educators.

“I think this year, more than any year that I can remember, we’re going to have to worry about how we’re going to retain teachers, how are we going to make sure that we have excellent teachers and enough of them.”

Steve Oreskovic is an 8th-grade teacher in CMS. He says the bill is a slap in the face.

“I really wish the party in control of the legislature would help teachers rather than try to micromanage or create issues where there are none,” Oreskovic says.

Rep. Jeff McNeely, an Iredell County Republican, has spoken out in support of the bill. WCCB emailed him for an interview but did not get a response.