Polk schools expect easy transition to new state process for challenging instructional materials

Article by Madison Fantozzi  of the Ledger

A new law requiring school districts to hear complaints from residents about instructional materials in schools has received backlash in a handful of counties across the state, but the Polk County School District expects a smooth transition coming into compliance with the regulations.

BARTOW — A new law requiring school districts to hear complaints from residents about instructional materials in schools has received backlash in a handful of counties across the state, but the Polk County School District expects a smooth transition coming into compliance with the regulations.

The law, which started as House Bill 989 and received Gov. Rick Scott’s signature of approval late last month, requires school boards to appoint an “impartial” hearing officer to consider complaints lodged against instructional materials. Anyone who resides within the district, regardless of whether they have a child in public schools, can have a complaint heard.[Full Article]