Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1853

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-10.1-7-18.

Synopsis: Elective study of the Bible in public high 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.





Burton




    January 17, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1853



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-7-18; (01)IN1853.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-10.1-7-18 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)IN1853.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001] (a) The Indiana state board of education and the professional standards board established by IC 20-1-1.4-2 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 the following:
        (1) Address the following:
            (A) The training of prospective and current teachers.
            (B) Curriculum guidelines.
            (C) Teacher training materials.
            (D) Student learning materials.
            (E) Costs.
        (2) Follow guidelines established or implied by the United States Supreme Court on teaching religion in public schools.
        (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.