Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1528

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-30-6-16.

Synopsis: Study of the Bible in 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 state board of education and the division of professional standards to jointly develop and report to the legislative council before January 1, 2008, a plan to implement the academic study of religion in secondary schools.

Effective: July 1, 2007.





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    January 23, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1528



    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 20-30-6-16; (07)IN1528.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-30-6-16 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 16. 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. A school corporation may not offer this course as a mandatory course of study.
SOURCE: ; (07)IN1528.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007] (a) The Indiana state board of education and the division of professional standards established by IC 20-28-2-1.5 shall jointly develop and present to the legislative council before January 1, 2008, 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 the teaching of 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) Address the need for teacher consultation and professional oversight and review concerning questions of interpretation and application to ensure that the plan is implemented constitutionally.
    (b) The plan shall be presented to the legislative council in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
    (c) This SECTION expires July 1, 2009.