GOP Lawmaker’s Bill Would Ban Mixing Politics With School

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban schoolteachers from talking about modern-day civics, politics and public affairs in the classroom.

State Rep. Will Tallman (R), who is retiring at the end of the year, sent a memo to his colleagues in the state House last Friday seeking support for what he has dubbed the “Teacher Code of Ethics.”

According to the memo, the bill would prohibit public elementary or secondary schoolteachers, while operating within the scope of their employment, from endorsing, supporting, or opposing any the following:

“Our K-12 school teachers should not be using their classroom time spent on political or ideological indoctrination,” Tallman said in his memo. “Doing so takes time away from instruction in the academic foundation subjects of mathematics, science, English, history, and civics, and prevents our students from receiving a high-quality public education for careers in the global, high-tech economy.”

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