HOUSE BILL No. 1350
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Synopsis: Elective study of Bible in public schools. Provides that a
school corporation may include in its curriculum as an elective a study
of world literature, including the Bible and other similar great works of
literature. Requires the Indiana state board of education and the
professional standards board to jointly develop and report to the
legislative council by January 1, 2002, a plan to implement the
"Academic Study of Religion in Secondary Schools", which was
implemented in Indiana in 1978, 1979, and 1980.
Effective: July 1, 2001.
January 9, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1350
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-7-18; (01)IN1350.1.1. -->
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 18. A school corporation may
include in its curriculum as an elective course a study of world
literature, including the Bible and other similar great works of
literature. The school corporation may not offer this course as a
mandatory course of study.
SOURCE: ; (01)IN1350.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001] (a) The Indiana state
board of education and the professional standards board
shall jointly develop and report to
the legislative council before January 1, 2002, a plan to implement
the "Academic Study of Religion in Secondary Schools", which was
implemented in Indiana in 1978, 1979, and 1980. The plan must do
(1) Address the following:
(A) The training of prospective and current teachers.
(B) Curriculum guidelines.
(C) Teacher training materials.
(D) Student learning materials.
(2) Follow guidelines established or implied by the United
States Supreme Court on the teaching of religion in public
(3) Encourage variety in course programming, such as
providing for courses to be offered as:
(A) self-contained units within language arts, fine arts, or
social studies curricula; or
(B) part of an integrated program in humanities studies.
(4) To assure constitutional applications, address the need for
teacher consultation and professional oversight and review to
answer questions of interpretation and application.
(b) This SECTION expires July 1, 2002.