(UnitedVoice.com) – Iowa legislators have introduced a bill that would mandate video cameras in most public school classrooms. Teachers say it’s an attempt to censor them; Conservatives argue that it’ll ease parents’ concerns about what their children are being taught.
Conservative lawmakers in Iowa introduced a bill this week that would require cameras to be installed in nearly every K-12 school classroom across the state, allowing parents to see livestreams. https://t.co/RjIDe7LW86
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 4, 2022
On February 1, Iowa state Representative Norlin Mommsen (R-DeWitt) introduced a bill that would require all K-12 classrooms except special ed and gym class to stream live video feeds that parents and guardians can log in to. The feed would only be available during school hours, and wouldn’t be accessible except to parents of students in that class.
Mommsen says the aim of the video streams is “to showcase the great work our teachers do” and build on parental involvement in schools. However, teacher advocates claim its real purpose is to intimidate teachers who want to teach controversial topics like Critical Race Theory.
Public schools have become a political battleground over the last couple of years, as worried parents want to know exactly what their children are being taught. Critical Race Theory, which teaches that all white people are racist and the US is a racist society, is the biggest flashpoint. It’s unpopular with parents, and new Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) won his election partly because he promised to ban it.
The Iowa bill would let parents monitor what’s happening in classrooms – and Liberals don’t like that idea. What are they trying to hide?
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