Legislative Bills

This is where we list all the bills ICPE is currently following in the General Assembly. This section will be updated frequently throughout the legislative session. Click the “+” on each one to expand the box and learn more.

Bills We Oppose and/or Problematic Bills 

🚨 HB 1072 - Sharing Referenda with Charter Schools DEAD

Authored by Rep. Robert Behning.
Co-Authored by Rep. Jake Teshka, Rep. Timothy O’Brien.
Sponsored by Sen. Brian Buchanan, Sen. Chris Garten.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: One of ICPE’s legislative priorities and core beliefs is that public funds belong in public schools. ICPE opposes legislation that does not require all Indiana schools receiving public funds (charter, virtual, innovation, private/voucher, home, micro schools) to have the same financial reporting requirements. ICPE also believes that all Indiana schools receiving public funds should be required to meet and report the same academic, operational and accountability requirements. All schools receiving public funds must also adhere to legal standards and be held to the same equal access and public access requirements as those of traditional public schools. Putting hard-earned community dollars into unaccountable private hands does financial harm to traditional public schools where over 90% of Hoosier children attend.

This bill was passed out of the House on Jan. 27 and referred to the Senate. Senate sponsors are Senators Buchanan and Garten.

Contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee NOW. Tell them you oppose House Bill 1072, the bill that would force public schools to share referendum money with charter schools.

You can copy and paste the email addresses below into the “to” field of your email:

senator.bassler@iga.in.gov, senator.boots@iga.in.gov, Senator.Brown@iga.in.gov, Senator.Charbonneau@iga.in.gov, Senator.Crider@iga.in.gov, Senator.Ford@iga.in.gov, Senator.Garten@iga.in.gov, Senator.Holdman@iga.in.gov, Senator.Melton@iga.in.gov, Senator.Mishler@iga.in.gov, Senator.Niezgodski@iga.in.gov, Senator.Qaddoura@iga.in.gov, Senator.Lanane@iga.in.gov

Also include Senate Leadership: Senator.Bray@iga.in.gov; Senator.Holdman@iga.in.gov;Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov; Senator.Mishler@iga.in.gov

Find your legislator here. Additional resources in our Legislative Action Center.

🚨 HB 1134 - Education matters (curriculum control) DEAD FOR NOW

Authored by Rep. Anthony Cook. Co-Authored by Rep. J.D. Prescott, Rep. Chuck Goodrich. Sponsored by Sen. Linda Rogers.

Click here for more details and the current status of this bill on the IGA website.

🚨 Analysis: This complex bill has been signifiantly amended.

This bill was heard on February 16th in the Senate Education and Career Developmenet Commitee. Over 200 people signed up to testify with over 90% opposed to the bill. A broad sweeping amendment was passed that altered the bill significantly, but it’s still a bad bill. Read our most current analysis here

Past analyses are  here and  here. House Bill 1134 differed slightly from its Senate counterpart (SB 167 was declared “dead” on Friday January 14th), but contains the similar language. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, it was amended Wednesday to clarify that teachers can condemn concepts such as Nazism in the classroom.

ICPE is opposed to this bill as it does not support ICPE’s legislative priorities. Public schools must serve all. Parents already have access to – and a voice in – their children’s education. All children deserve the depth and breadth of a curriculum that is inclusive and historically accurate. We oppose any restrictions and censorship of this vital work.

It is still important to continue to call or send messages opposing HB 1134 right away to members of the Senate Education Committee and Career Development listed below:

Senator.Raatz@iga.in.gov, s24@iga.in.gov, Senator.Baldwin@iga.in.gov, Senator.Buchanan@iga.in.gov, Senator.Donato@iga.in.gov, Senator.Kruse@iga.in.gov, Senator.Leising@iga.in.gov, Senator.Rogers@iga.in.gov, Senator.Kyle.Walker@iga.in.gov, s29@iga.in.gov, s3@iga.in.gov, s30@iga.in.gov, s40@iga.in.gov

Also send to Senate leaders: Senator.Bray@iga.in.gov; Senator.Bray@iga.in.gov; Senator.Holdman@iga.in.gov;Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov; Senator.Mishler@iga.in.gov

Find your legislator here. Additional resources in our Legislative Action Center.

HB 1182 - School board elections (Partisan school boards) DEAD

Authored by Rep. J.D. Prescott. Co-Authored by Rep. Timothy Wesco, Rep. Robert Morris.

Provides that for school board offices, each candidate’s affiliation with a political party or status as an independent candidate must be stated on the ballot.

Click here for more details and current status.

🚨 Analysis: Read our full Statehouse Note analysis on this bill here. The bill was heard in committee on January 12th. ICPE’s Joel Hand testified along with about 20 others – ALL who testified were opposed to this bill.

One of ICPE’s legislative priorities is that PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE LOCAL CONTROL—NOT POLITICAL CONTROL.

The bill did not move beyond the House Elections and Apportionment Committee and this concept is likely dead for now, but we will continue to monitor this issue.

Partisan politics has no place in our children’s schools and kids should never be pawns in party politics.

HB 1187 - Gary Community Schools DEAD

Authored by Rep. Timothy Brown. Co-Authored by Rep. Jeffrey Thompson. Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: This bill would appoint Gary Community Schools school board members. ICPE believes in local control – not political control.  UPDATE: This bill was pulled from the scheduled hearing is likely dead, but stay vigilant. From the Gary Legislative Delegation, “While this legislation has been blocked for now, we encourage allies, stakeholders and community members to remain vigilant and active until the end of session.”

🚨 HB 1252 - Education enrichment accounts (another form of voucher) - SEE SB 2

Authored by Rep. Robert Behning. Co-Authored by Rep. Edward Clere, Rep. Chuck Goodrich, Rep. Earl Harris. Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: For the all the details on this bill, check out this issue of Vic’s Statehouse Notes. One of ICPE’s legislative priorities and core beliefs is that public funds belong in public schools. We support a moratorium on the expansion of public funding for education savings accounts (ESAs). Draining funds and putting them in unaccountable private hands via “marketization” does financial harm to traditional public schools where over 90% of Hoosier children attend.

This bill is essentially dead, BUT we expect there is a possibility it will be amended into the other ESA bill SB 331.

🚨 SB 2 (amended) - Virtual instruction and tuition support

Authored by Sen. Jeff Raatz, Sen. Dennis Kruse.
Co-Authored by Sen. J.D. Ford, Sen. Stacey Donato, Sen. Jean Leising, Sen. Brian Buchanan, Sen. Fady Qaddoura, Sen. Jon Ford, Sen. Eric Bassler, Sen. Eddie Melton, Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Ed Charbonneau, Sen. Chris Garten, Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Ryan Mishler.
Sponsored by Rep. Robert Behning. Click here for more details.

Analysis: Senate version of funding flexibility for e learning days that we see in 1002. We supported this language.  Passed with overwhelming support in the senate. BUT it is now with the House Eduation Committee who has amended it to add in the ESA language of HB1252. 

Contact members of the House Ways & Means Committee NOW and ask them to remove the House Education Committee Amendment added to Senate Bill 2 on Feb. 9.

The amendment adds language formerly in HB 1252 to create a new form of Education Scholarship Accounts for remediation. Remediation is good – but the proposed Education Scholarship Accounts have very little accountability for how the money is actually spent.

You can copy and paste the email addresses below into the “to” field of your email:
h41@iga.in.gov, h53@iga.in.gov, h78@iga.in.gov, h72@iga.in.gov, h46@iga.in.gov, h28@iga.in.gov, h85@iga.in.gov, h44@iga.in.gov, h29@iga.in.gov, h17@iga.in.gov, h83@iga.in.gov, h50@iga.in.gov, h60@iga.in.gov, h33@iga.in.gov, h35@iga.in.gov, h15@iga.in.gov, h96@iga.in.gov, h26@iga.in.gov, h86@iga.in.gov, h87@iga.in.gov, h2@iga.in.gov, h27@iga.in.gov, h43@iga.in.gov, h94@iga.in.gov

Contact your legislators now. Additional Resources available in our Legislative Action Center.

SB 167 - Education matters (curriculum control) DEAD

This is the nearly identical “sister” bill to HB 1134. It was declared “dead” on Friday January 14th. Click here for bill details.

SB 93 - School Disannexation - DEAD

Authored by Sen. Mike Bohacek. Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: This deals with a community in South Bend area that wants to disassociate itself from the local school district.

This bill did not get a hearing but we expect it to return in the future.

🚨 SB 290 - Null/No Letter Grade & Third Party Vendor Career Coaching Pilot

Authored by Sen. Jeff Raatz, Sen. Dennis Kruse.
Sponsored by Rep. Robert Behning, Rep. Jack Jordan.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: This bill creates the null letter grade for the 2021/2022 school year, but also has language to create a third party vendor career coachnng pilot. There are concerns that this third party pilot could potentially violate FERPA, as these third party vendors would to have access to students and vendors could operate independently of school counselors.

We are keeping an eye on this issue.

🚨 SB 331 - Education savings accounts expansion (another form of voucher)

Authored by Sen. Brian Buchanan. Co-Authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: Read the Statehouse Note on this bill. This bill is setting up the framework to expand and build the program. ICPE opposes this bill specifically due to the potential for it to grow the ESA program in the future. ICPE’s legislative priorities support a moratorium on the expansion of public funding for charter, choice scholarship (voucher), innovation schools as well as education savings accounts (ESAs), SGOs (scholarship granting organizations) or micro/home schools. Draining funds for these experiments in private hands does financial harm to traditional public schools where over 90% of Hoosier children attend

This bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on January 27 and is now with the House Education Committee. Contact your legislator and write the Committee members now. Additional Resources available in our Legislative Action Center.

🚨 SB 378 - Business property tax reduction - DEAD (but watching 1002)

Authored by Sen. Brian Buchanan, Sen. Linda Rogers.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: Eliminating any portion of the business personal property tax without permanent FULL replacement guaranteed by the state will harm schools and other community services (police, fire, parks, libraries).

This stalled in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. While this is great news, of course, we can’t lose sight of the fact that HB 1002 is still very much alive. And, given the support behind this bill, it remains an incredibly serious concern:

Contact your legislators now. Additional Resources available in our Legislative Action Center.

Bills To Watch & Know About

HB 1041 - Participation in school sports

Authored by Rep. Michelle Davis.
Co-Authored by Rep. Chris Jeter, Rep. Joanna King, Rep. Robert Heaton.
Sponsored by Sen. Stacey Donato.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

HB 1041 would ban trans girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 level. The bill originally applied to collegiate sports as well, but the language was amended.

HB 1107 - Various education matters

Authored by Rep. Edward Clere.
Co-Authored by Rep. Robert Behning, Rep. Chuck Goodrich, Rep. Tonya Pfaff.
Sponsored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, Sen. Kyle Walker, Sen. Scott Baldwin, Sen. Shelli Yoder.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

Analysis: Changes the burden of proof in special education due process matters from the parents to the school. 

HB 1251 - Creation of adjunct teachers

Authored by Rep. Robert Behning.
Co-Authored by Rep. Martin Carbaugh, Rep. Michelle Davis, Rep. Chuck Goodrich.
Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Raatz.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

Analysis: Allows schools to hire and certify their own “adjunct” teachers outside of collective bargaining.

SB 17 - Material harmful to minors

Authored by Sen. James Tomes, Sen. Jeff Raatz, Sen. Michael Young.
Co-Authored by Sen. Jean Leising, Sen. Blake Doriot, Sen. Chris Garten, Sen. Scott Baldwin, Sen. Dennis Kruse, Sen. Rick Niemeyer.
Sponsored by Rep. Michelle Davis, Rep. J.D. Prescott.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

Analysis: Removes exemption for teachers and librarians from criminal prosecution.

SB 115 - School Employee Misconduct

Authored by Sen. Aaron Freeman, Sen. Mike Bohacek, Sen. Michael Crider.
Co-Authored by Sen. Erin Houchin.
Sponsored by Rep. John Young.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

SB 356 - Teacher matters

Authored by Sen. Linda Rogers, Sen. Brian Buchanan, Sen. Jeff Raatz.
Co-Authored by Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Mike Gaskill, Sen. Stacey Donato, Sen. Eric Bassler, Sen. Philip Boots, Sen. Dennis Kruse, Sen. Blake Doriot, Sen. John Crane, Sen. Chip Perfect, Sen. Jack Sandlin, Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Andy Zay, Sen. Greg Walker.
Sponsored by Rep. Robert Behning, Rep. Chuck Goodrich, Rep. Jake Teshka.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

Analysis: Allows schools to hire and certify their own “adjuct” teachers outside of collective bargaining.

Bills We Support

HB 1093 - Education matters

Authored by Rep. Robert Behning.
Co-Authored by Rep. Michelle Davis, Rep. Tonya Pfaff, Rep. Sheila Klinker.
Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Raatz, Sen. Brian Buchanan.

Click here for more details and current status of this bill.

🚨 Analysis: Includes Null/No Letter Grade for 2021-2022 school year language and prohibits certain parties from incentivizing enrollment by offering an item of monetary value. ICPE is supportive of this language. 

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