Indiana General Assembly

One bill would require students who take the military exam to fulfill a graduation requirement to enlist in the military in order to be counted in graduation rates.
High school seniors would have until April 15 to fill out the form or get a waiver. Advocates said the bill would make completing the form go from happenstance to a conscious decision.
The bill is in response to claims that pornography is rampant in schools, but its authors couldn’t cite specific titles.
Indiana is one of 41 states where local school board candidates aren’t identified by party on ballots.
Democrats have tried but failed to tweak the bill, which would make it easier for charter schools to take advantage of the so-called $1 law.
The proposed voucher expansion accounts for about a third of additional funding that K-12 schools might receive.
The proposed change would mean a boost in state dollars for charter schools and some small and rural schools.
The changed version of the “don’t say gay” bill also now requires parent consent for pronoun changes.
Lawmakers pulled the bill from a committee agenda after protests from groups like the Indianapolis NAACP and the state teachers union.
Under current state law, charters do not receive a portion of the funding that districts can collect from property taxes
Sex ed that covers birth control, pregnancy, and consent isn’t required in schools in Indiana.
Lawmakers made some changes, including allowing schools to host joint career fairs, to meet the bill’s requirements.
Supporters say school choice bill would give parents more power, while critics say it would take funds from public schools.
High schoolers beginning with the Class of 2028 would be required to take the class under an Indiana Senate bill.
This year’s proposal would affect state colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools.
The Indiana bills are similar to a Florida law referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Legislation would make all students eligible for Education Scholarship Accounts, regardless of family income.
Lawmakers don’t seem interested in revisiting last year’s battle over what students should learn about race and racism.
The bill would establish savings accounts for vocational training, and require high schools to hold career fairs.
A free college program and solutions for staffing issues also rank high among education groups’ priorities.
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The dashboard could replace Indiana’s current measure of school performance: the A-F grading system.
Republican leaders have said they expect to increase funding for K-12 schools while also expanding school choice.
Funding for schools with fewer students who live in poverty has increased faster than funding for schools with more such students, one group said.
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