Each legislative session thousands of bills and amendments are introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Only a fraction become law, and an even smaller portion receive wide media coverage.
These bills impact the lives of people living in Pennsylvania every day.
Each week The Sentinel will highlight one bill that has not received widespread attention.
About the bill
Technology is advancing rapidly, and the classroom has not escaped the momentum of the internet age.
One lawmaker is pushing back against the compulsory use of internet connected devices in the classroom.
Rep. Ross Diamond, R-Lehigh County, has introduced a bill that would allow parents to opt their children out of internet-based instruction.
Diamond wrote in a co-sponsorship letter for his bill, House Bill 1904, that despite the state Legislature’s passage of a law that requires schools to use software to filter out illicit or obscene material and things deemed to be “harmful to minors,” the incursion of those items into the classroom remains a possibility.
“Despite the provisions of Act 197, I continue to receive numerous complaints from constituents whose children are still able to access inappropriate material using internet-connected school technology and/or social media,” he said. “Our public education system should not serve as a conduit for materials that run counter to any parent’s obligation or desire to protect their children from harm.”
Under Diamond’s bill, schools would be required to offer instruction that does not require internet access or technology if a parent so chooses.
The bill covers public school, intermediate units, vocational-technical schools, regional charter schools and charter schools, according to Diamond’s co-sponsorship letter.