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Pelath tries and fails to turn sex-ed bill into school safety measure

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Members of the Indiana House might not have a solution for addressing school safety yet, but they learned the wrong way to tackle the issue on Thursday. In the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, issued a letter to […]

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Human sexuality bill would require parent permission for classroom instruction

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A House committee passed a bill requiring schools provide parents with details about any curriculum on human sexuality, but not before rejecting an amendment that would have made sure the content was evidence-based. Senate Bill 65, which passed the House Education Committee Tuesday by a 6-5 vote, would require schools to […]

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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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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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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, […]