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Human sexuality bill raises concerns about parental rights, impact on LGBTQ students

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A Fort Wayne high school student told a House committee that she was surprised to find a speech class she was taking included lessons on gender neutral pronouns. “My parents were not informed of this material before I took the class and were shocked to see it in my […]

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Say’s Firefly is closer to becoming the official state insect

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– After four years, Cumberland Elementary students in West Lafayette have finally made progress in their quest to make Say’s Firefly Indiana’s official state insect. Senate Bill 236, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, passed out of the Senate Tuesday by a unanimous vote. He said every member of the […]

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Student press freedom bill fails in close House vote

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that would have extended First Amendment press freedoms to Indiana middle and high school students died in the House Monday. The vote was 47-45 in favor of House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, but failed because it didn’t get the required 51 votes […]

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Senators support parents’ choice in sex education

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—When it comes to educators, minors and taboo topics likes sex, Indiana’s senators erred on the side of parents Tuesday. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 65, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, 37-12, to require schools to send out permission slips for any in-class discussion on three specific areas of human sexuality: […]

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Press freedom bill for student journalists advances

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Anu Nattam, editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine, told the House Education Committee Thursday that her staff, for the first time in 20 years, is facing censorship by the school’s administration. After publishing the first issue of the year, “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide,” Nattam said there […]

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Senate committee approves sex education permission slips

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would require parents to grant permission to teach their children about human sexuality passed 9-1 in an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 65, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, amends a more than two-decade old statute on how Hoosiers students are taught about sex. In the 1995 bill, […]

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Student journalist talks freedom, responsibility ahead of bill review

By Erica Irish and Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Drew Tapp, editor-in-chief of Southport High School’s The Journal, is no stranger to journalism education and its ongoing struggle in Indiana politics. As the Southport senior manages 28 student journalists, Tapp works under the oversight of an administration that could review or censor any of his […]

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School funding measure clears another hurdle

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Following suit with last Thursday’s unanimous Indiana House decision, senators approved additional funding for K-12 schools 49-0 Monday. Senate Bill 189 calls for a transfer of up to $25 million from the state tuition reserve fund to the direct benefit of Indiana’s K-12 schools. Though a budget was passed […]

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Speaker applauds legislators for K-12 support bill

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers in the House passed a “top priority” measure to provide additional funding to K-12 schools Thursday. Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, celebrated House Bill 1001’s passage as a victory for House Republicans. “Our top priority for the House Republicans passed unanimously today with House Bill 1001, fully-funding local public […]

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Computer science bill passes Senate committee

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee unanimous approved legislation that would require that all school districts in Indiana add computer science to their curriculum. The 11-0 vote in the Education and Career Development committee came a week after the panel heard testimony from educators and policy leaders on the importance of requiring Hoosier […]

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