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Canyon I.S.D. Curriculum Angers Parent

Brandon Stewart has four daughters in Canyon Junior High and High Schools. Brandon Stewart has four daughters in Canyon Junior High and High Schools.
Laurie Cizon, Communications Director for Canyon I.S.D. Laurie Cizon, Communications Director for Canyon I.S.D.

Your child's education is only a click away if she goes to school in the Canyon school district.  But that online curriculum is why one parent says he is in the dark about his daughters' education.

The Canyon school district seldom uses text books in the classroom, opting instead for an online curriculum created by the state.

Brandon Stewart has four daughters in Canyon Junior High and High Schools.

He says last year he noticed text books and homework were absent from their backpacks.  He says, "as they started failing classes and getting bad grades, I only heard from the school every six weeks, twice."

Stewart says he started searching online for the curriculum his daughters told him about but he did not get far, because parents do not have access to the curriculum. The school district has a reason for that.

Laurie Cizon, Communications Director for Canyon I.S.D. says, "we have purchased the material, it's copyrighted material and if anyone can get into it, they would lose the research to fund the curriculum."

Still, Stewart says parents should be able to see it.  He says, "I would like to have access to what my children are learning and be able to help them further."

Cizon says, "we encourage parents to call teachers and ask what's coming up in the next few weeks, we want parents to be involved, to stay on top of things."  She says that is why the district has an open door, email, and phone policy.

Some teachers do put their lesson plans online but Stewart says they are not informative enough.  He says he actually wants to hold something in his hand or see what his daughters are being taught.

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