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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Education matters. Provides that a school corporation or charter school may not do the following: (1) Make available to a student who is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5 any inappropriate sexual material. (2) Make available to a student who is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 any sexually explicit material. Provides that, if a school corporation or public school uses a third party vendor in providing a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals or attempts to affect a student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings, the third party vendor and the school corporation or public school may Education matters. Provides that a school corporation or charter school may not do the following: (1) Make available to a student who is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5 any inappropriate sexual material. (2) Make available to a student who is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 any sexually explicit material. Provides that, if a school corporation or public school uses a third party vendor in providing a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals or attempts to affect a student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings, the third party vendor and the school corporation or public school may not collect or maintain the responses to or results of the analysis, evaluation, or survey in a manner that would identify the responses or results of an individual student. Provides that the consent requirements for certain student personal analysis, evaluations, or surveys apply even if the analysis, evaluation, or survey is directly related to academic instruction. Requires, not later than June 30, 2022, and not later than June 30 each year thereafter, each public school to post on the public school's Internet web site, in a manner that is accessible by the public, certain information regarding learning materials and educational activities. Requires the department of education (department) to develop and post on the department's Internet web site a model plan for presenting the learning material or educational activity information. Requires the governing body of a school corporation to: (1) create a learning materials advisory committee (committee) comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members; and (2) establish and implement educational activities and curricular materials review, discussion, and recommendation procedures for the committee. Requires the department to post on the department's Internet web site certain materials that assist staff in developing cultural competency for use in providing professional development programs. Provides that: (1) a state agency, a school corporation, or a qualified school or an employee of the state agency, school corporation, or qualified school shall not direct or otherwise compel a school employee to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to; (2) a state agency, school corporation, or qualified school shall not include or promote concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or instructional program, or allow teachers or other employees to use supplemental instruction materials that include or promote; or (3) teacher preparation programs shall not include or promote as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or instruction program, or allow faculty or other employees to use supplemental instructional materials that include or promote; certain tenets or concepts regarding sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation or any anti-American ideologies. Prohibits requiring an employee of a school corporation or qualified school to engage in training that presents certain stereotyping or blame. Provides a duty to ensure that students are free to express their own beliefs and viewpoints if engaged in certain activities. Establishes a complaint process and allows for certain civil actions for violations. ... View more