Iowa Republican Authors Bill Demanding Cameras in Every Classroom in State

Iowa Republican lawmaker has proposed a bill which would require schools districts to install cameras in every public school classroom.

The bill is sponsored by Norlin Mommsen (R), a state Rep. has been criticized by teachers groups and union leaders for being an invasion of students’ and teachers’ privacy. The legislation represents yet another attempt by far right lawmakers to ban lessons on race, LGBTQ identities and social justice in schools — this time by monitoring teachers who may be engaging in discussions on such topics with their students.

The billCameras would be required in all classrooms, except for special education and physical education classes. The recordings would be livestreamed so that parents and guardians could view them on the internet at any moment.

The bill mandates that only parents or guardians can access the livestreams — but it doesn’t contain language restricting parents from sharing the links with others, and does not impose punishments on parents if they choose to do so.

However, the legislation would dole out punishments for teachers or administrators who don’t install the video hardware, or who otherwise impede parents from monitoring their children’s classroom at any moment. School employees who don’t comply with the measure would be fined, facing a deduction from their paycheck of up to 5 percent for each week that they don’t abide by the rule.

In the United States, conservative lawmakers have introduced similar proposals in their states. A bill was introduced in Florida earlier this year that would allow for the removal of the statewide tax. allow each district in the state to decide Whether they were interested in installing cameras in classrooms. The bill would allow parents to access the video at any time, so that they could investigate for themselves vaguely defined “incidents” involving teachers.

Nevada has seen right-wing parent organizations push for similar surveillance measures in schoolsEven proposing that teachers wear body cameras in classrooms. Last year, Missouri state Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin (R) also suggested that teachers should be recorded, claiming that cameras could serve as a tool to ensure that critical race theory isn’t being taught in classrooms.

Iowa State Education Association President Mike Beranek said that the bill is “completely outrageous and dangerous.” In an email to NBC NewsBecky Pringle of the National Education Association blasted the bill similarly as she did the bill.

Some politicians across the country want their children to be limited in what history they can learn about, what books they can read, and to censor the truth. Now, in Iowa, they want classroom cameras to live monitor teachers. Instead of spending public money on monitoring equipment, we should hire more qualified professionals, reduce class sizes and provide more programming to help students learn the skills they need.

Education experts also participated in the discussion on social media.

“Cameras don’t belong in classrooms and it has little to do with teachers, but everything to do with the privacy of children,” said Jess PiperMissouri literature teacher and Democratic candidate for the state legislative seat. “No one has the right to hear my child’s thoughts or view her face or body while she is trying to learn in a public classroom.”

The Modest teacher, a Twitter account that focuses mostly on education, also spoke out on privacy rights for students.

“Imagine a student with anxiety sitting in a classroom with cameras, knowing that at any given moment a parent at home could [sic] watching and listening to their every move,” the account said.

In California, a teacher threatened to quit her job if similar legislation was passed.

“Just putting this out there, if classroom cameras come to California, I quit,” that teacher said.