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Wolf vetoes curriculum bill; signs nine others, including the broadband authority, into law

Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a Invoice requiring schools to upload their syllabuses and textbook lists online for public access.

He had passed the party last week, in the last week of the 2021 Legislature session. Wolf applied his pen of veto to the bill on Wednesday.

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State Law already requires public schools to allow parents and guardians access to their child’s curriculum, academic standards, instructional materials, and assessment techniques upon request.

But the proposal, Republican supporters said, was a simple transparency measure aimed at making it easier for parents and the public to access the programs. Opponents countered that the bill was a cultural war-tinged policy aimed at enabling ideological attacks on teachers’ lesson plans.

Wolf went along with the latter interpretation, saying in his veto message that the bill was “a thinly veiled attempt to restrict truthful teaching and censor content that reflects diverse cultures, identities, and experiences.”

This is his fifth veto of the year. He also vetoed an omnibus, written by the GOP voting reform billan invoice to eliminate concealed carry permits and a bill prohibiting public bodies, including schools, from check someone’s vaccination status.

Wolf also signed nine other bills, including a proposal to create a national broadband authority that passed the legislature unanimously last week.

The authority will allow the state to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to expand high-speed internet access in underserved communities, rural lawmakers argued.

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“This is a great day for all of us who have fought for broadband access in the most rural areas of the Commonwealth,” said State Representative Tina Pickett, R-Susquehanna.

Two of the bills also expanded eligibility for a state program that helps seniors pay for prescription drugs.

Wolf’s signatures mean 100 bills have been signed into law this year. Among them, 19 named bridges or roads. It is the greatest proportion of Harrisburg’s output consisting of naming laws over the past decade.

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