102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced , by Rep. Adam Niemerg
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Parental Access and Curriculum Transparency Act, which
may be referred to as PACT. Makes findings. Provides that no public school
district or public institution of higher education shall direct, require,
or otherwise compel a student to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to
specified tenets. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of
law or administrative rule to the contrary, a school board, parent, legal
guardian, or student has the right to object to and refuse any unit of
instruction or required course of study that directs, requires, or
otherwise compels a student to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to any
of the specified tenets. Provides that school boards have to review and
resolve objections to school curriculum. Provides a list of ways to
resolve objections. Provides that a school board may submit a certified
question to the applicable board of elections to approve or disapprove of
funding certain curriculum. Provides that, notwithstanding any provision
of law to the contrary, no distinction or classification of students shall
be made on account of race or color, but nothing in this Section shall be
construed to prohibit the required collection or reporting of demographic
data by public school districts or public institutions of higher
education. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Short title; references to Act.
(a) Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Access and Curriculum Transparency Act.
(b) References to Act. This Act may be referred to as PACT.
The General Assembly finds:
(1) Administrators, educators, support staff, and students
in all public elementary and secondary schools and in all
public institutions of higher education shall respect the
dignity of others, acknowledge the right of others to express
differing opinions, and foster and defend intellection
honesty, freedom of inquiry and instruction, freedom of
speech, freedom of association, and the pursuit of rational,
(2) Instructional pedagogies that exacerbate divisions in
society on the basis of race, biological sex, ethnicity,
religion, color, national origin, or other criteria that are
contrary to the unity of the nation, are counterproductive to
the well-being of this State, its citizens, and its students.
(3) Under Article X of the Illinois Constitution, the
State shall provide for an efficient system of high quality