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Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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Education matters. Provides that each school corporation and charter school shall place a durable poster or framed picture representing: (1) the national motto of the United States, "In God We Trust"; (2) an accurate representation of the United States flag; and (3) an accurate representation of the Indiana state flag; in each school library and classroom within the school corporation or charter school. Provides that the poster or framed picture may be acquired as follows: (1) Donated to the school corporation or charter school. (2) Purchased with funds made available to the school corporation or charter school through voluntary contributions. Education matters. Provides that each school corporation and charter school shall place a durable poster or framed picture representing: (1) the national motto of the United States, "In God We Trust"; (2) an accurate representation of the United States flag; and (3) an accurate representation of the Indiana state flag; in each school library and classroom within the school corporation or charter school. Provides that the poster or framed picture may be acquired as follows: (1) Donated to the school corporation or charter school. (2) Purchased with funds made available to the school corporation or charter school through voluntary contributions. (3) Purchased directly by the school corporation or charter school. Specifies the size requirements for the poster or framed picture and the national motto and flags of the United States and state of Indiana. Provides that each school corporation that offers as an elective in the school corporation's high school curriculum a course surveying religions of the world (survey course) may also include as part of the survey course's curriculum the study of the Bible. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science. Provides that a public secondary school student may receive not more than two elective academic credits for released time religious instruction classes if: (1) the governing body of the school corporation adopts a policy that allows the awarding of credit; and (2) certain conditions are met. Specifies that the liberty of parents to direct the education of their child is a fundamental right. Prohibits a public school, including a charter school, an accredited nonpublic school, an eligible school, and a nonaccredited nonpublic school (school) from infringing on that right without demonstrating that the school's interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served. Establishes the application of these provisions to resolutions of a school's governing body. ... View more