HB 1812-1_ Filed 02/14/2005, 11:27 Noe


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HOUSE MOTION ____

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MR. SPEAKER:

    I move that House Bill 1812 be amended to read as follows:

        Page 4, between lines 21 and 22, begin a new paragraph and insert:

"SECTION 2. IC 20- 8.1- 14 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]:
    Chapter 14. School Uniform Policy
Sec. 1. The governing body of a school corporation shall adopt and implement a school uniform policy for students enrolled in the school corporation in kindergarten through grade 12.
Sec. 2. The school uniform policy adopted under this chapter must do the following:
    (1) Subject to subdivisions (2) and (4), designate for the     school corporation a school uniform that students must     wear at
reasonable times when attending school. The          school uniform may vary among the different schools in
    the school corporation.
    (2) Allow a parent to apply for and receive for the          parent's child an exemption from wearing a school          uniform.
    (3) Provide that a student who receives an exemption          under subdivision (2) may not be:
        (A) penalized academically;
        (B) denied school admission or attendance; or
        (C) otherwise discriminated against.
    (4) Allow a student who participates in a nationally
    recognized youth organization to wear the youth     

    organization uniform to school on a day that the          organization has a scheduled meeting.
    (5) Provide for the enforcement of the school uniform          policy.
Sec. 3. (a) The school uniform policy must be clearly written.
(b) The school uniform must be reasonably designed to achieve
the following purposes:
    (1) Foster the educational process by providing a school
    environment that does the following:
        (A) Focuses on the classroom and on the learning         process.
        (B) Improves student behavior.
        (C) Promotes school pride.
        (D) Reduces distractions.
    (2) Provide a safer and more secure school environment.
    (3) Promote parental and community involvement in the
    schools.
Sec. 4. Before a governing body adopts a school uniform policy
under this chapter, the governing body must do the following:
    (1) Consult with teachers, principals, parents, students,     school and community organizations, and vendors about:
        (A) the proposed school uniform policy;
        (B) the components and design of the proposed          school uniform; and
        (C) programs that are designed to assist students         who are eligible for free or reduced price school         lunches in obtaining free or reduced price school         uniforms at no expense to the school corporation.
    (2) Hold a public hearing on the proposed school uniform
    policy and school uniform.
Sec. 5. The governing body shall establish or ensure the
establishment of a program to assist students who are eligible for

free or reduced price school lunches in obtaining school uniforms
free or at a reduced cost. The program may:
    (1) not require expenditures by the school corporation of
    money acquired from state or local taxes; and
    (2) be provided by an individual or organization other      than the school corporation.
Sec. 6. At least one (1) month before the beginning of a school
year when the school uniform policy is in effect, a school
corporation shall give written notice to the parent of a student who is required to wear a school uniform. The written notice must contain the following information:
    (1) The requirements of the school uniform policy.
    (2) The specifications of the school uniform.
    (3) Procedures, prices, vendors, and other useful          information for obtaining school uniforms.
    (4) The availability of an exemption from the dress code.
    (5) The availability of free or reduced price school      uniforms for students who are also eligible for free or     reduced price school lunches.
    (6) Other information that may be useful to students and
    parents.


Sec. 7. A school uniform designated under this chapter is
considered clothing for purposes of IC 12- 20 for students who are
enrolled in a school having a designated school uniform".
    Renumber all SECTIONS consecutively.
    (Reference is to HB 1812 as reprinted February 9, 2005.)




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Representative Noe


RH 181201/DI jh
2005