House committee passes bill for parental review of school curriculum

UPDATE: A controversial Indiana House bill limiting topics discussed in the classroom, requiring teachers to post curriculum materials and adding parental input, was amended and passed in committee, mostly along party lines. House Bill 1134, authored by Rep. Anthony Cook, R-Cicero, is a sister bill to Senate Bill 167, which recently made national news for a comment  by Sen. Scott Baldwin, R-Noblesville, about teachers remaining impartial on Nazism. Despite lingering concerns from educators and legislators regarding the bill’s broad wording and it including colleges and universities, it was amended and moved on from the House Education Committee Wednesday. Seemingly responding to the controversy,…

Bill making school board elections partisan meets overwhelming opposition

Over 20 educators, administrators and current school board members from across the state piled into an Indiana Statehouse committee meeting room Tuesday morning to oppose House Bill 1182, which would add political party identifiers to currently nonpartisan school board election ballots. The bill aims to create more transparency and give voters a better idea of what the candidate they are voting for supports, according to author J.D. Prescott, R-Union City. But those testifying argued that political party identification will lead voters to choose school board members based on party only, with no regard for qualifications, and increase the already-rising level of…

Senate committee hears conflicting testimony over who should control school curriculum

Educators, students and concerned parents were still testifying late into the afternoon Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse as an hours-long Senate committee meeting discussed a bill that would give parents more control of their child’s education and limit what can be discussed in classrooms. Senate Bill 167, authored by Sen. Scott Baldwin, R-Noblesville, is a multifaceted education bill. It aims to create more transparency with parents regarding classroom topics and materials, Baldwin said. It would prevent teaching of eight subjects that Baldwin called “divisive topics” and phrased as follows in the bill: “That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national…