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Senate Bill (H)

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Various education matters. Provides that a public school may allow access to a patriotic youth membership organization. Provides that a public school that elects to provide access to a patriotic youth membership organization is not required to provide access to other groups or organizations that are not listed as youth organizations in Title 36 of the United States Code. Requires a public school to conduct expanded criminal history checks of representatives of organizations. Establishes the high school equivalency pilot program (program) for MSD Washington Township Schools and MSD Warren Township Schools. Allows a student who has completed less than 50% of Various education matters. Provides that a public school may allow access to a patriotic youth membership organization. Provides that a public school that elects to provide access to a patriotic youth membership organization is not required to provide access to other groups or organizations that are not listed as youth organizations in Title 36 of the United States Code. Requires a public school to conduct expanded criminal history checks of representatives of organizations. Establishes the high school equivalency pilot program (program) for MSD Washington Township Schools and MSD Warren Township Schools. Allows a student who has completed less than 50% of the required number of credits necessary to graduate upon entering their fourth year of high school to participate in the program to earn a high school equivalency. Allows a school corporation to contract with adult education providers to provide services under the program if the adult education providers meet certain requirements. Requires a participating school corporation to pay for the program from its budget or through gifts, donations, bequests, grants, and funds from any other source. Requires the school corporation to hold a public meeting to discuss the source of the funds. Provides that an eligible student enrolled in a school corporation may not be a student in an adult education program or adult high school. Requires participating school corporations to report to the general assembly concerning the program. Provides that each school corporation and charter school may 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 representation of the United States flag and the Indiana state flag must comply with any applicable federal or state laws concerning the design, dimensions, or presentation of each respective flag. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate study committee for study during the 2020 interim the topic of whether, and in what form, the state should encourage robotics classes and clubs for students in kindergarten through grade 12. ... View more