HOUSE BILL No. 1528
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.
January 23, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
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
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
(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) Address the need for teacher consultation and professional
oversight and review concerning questions of interpretation
and application to ensure that the plan is implemented
(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.