Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1140

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-30-5-0.2.

Synopsis: Teaching method. Requires the department of education to develop, not later than July 1, 2014, rules that require subject matter taught in schools, including science, history, or social studies, that cannot be verified by scientific empirical evidence, to allow for commonly held competing views, with an emphasis on critical analysis and reasoned dialogue. Specifies that the content of instructional material purchased relating to subject matter that is required to be taught must allow for commonly held competing views. Prohibits a teacher from advocating a particular position relating to subject matter that is not supported by verified scientific empirical evidence.

Effective: July 1, 2012.





Thompson, Noe




    January 9, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1140



    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 20-30-5-0.2; (12)IN1140.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-30-5-0.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 0.2. (a) This section applies only to public schools.
    (b) The purpose of this section is to:
        (1) teach truth, which by a preponderance of the evidence is in accord with facts and reality; and
        (2) enhance skills in critical analysis and reasoned dialogue in students.
    (c) Not later than July 1, 2014, the department shall develop rules under IC 4-22-2 to require subject matter taught in schools, including science, history, or social studies, that cannot be verified by scientific empirical evidence, to allow for commonly held competing views, with an emphasis on critical analysis and reasoned dialogue.

     (d) This subsection applies to instructional material purchased by a school corporation after July 1, 2014. The content of instructional material purchased relating to subject matter that is

taught under subsection (c) must be consistent with the requirements provided in subsection (c), as determined by the department.
     (e) The rules developed under subsection (c) may not prohibit the discussion of any theory that is not supported by verified scientific empirical evidence because of its controversial nature or religious connotations. Testing and academic standards must be consistent with verified scientific empirical evidence, as determined by the department. A teacher may not advocate a particular position relating to subject matter that is not supported by verified scientific empirical evidence.
    (f) In developing the rules under this section, the department may take into consideration the grade level for which the subject matter is being taught.