A teacher represented by a TCTA attorney filed a grievance with her district, alleging that the lesson plans that she was being required to prepare violated the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Paperwork Reduction Act is designed to ensure that teachers do not spend too much time on paperwork and says that a lesson plan must be “a unit or weekly lesson plan that outlines in a brief and general manner the information to be presented.”
The lesson plans that the teacher was being directed to prepare contained five elements: objectives, methods, assessment, materials and equipment, and evaluation. The teacher argued in her grievance that this required more than what was allowed by the statute because it required her to do more than outline the lesson in a brief and general manner. The district denied her grievance and the teacher appealed to the Commissioner of Education.
The Commissioner of Education held that, under these facts, four components of the lesson plan were allowable, but that a fifth – evaluation – was not. The Paperwork Reduction Act specifically limits lesson plans to “information to be presented.” The Commissioner found that how a teacher evaluates her own lessons is not part of the information to be presented during the lesson.