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Indiana Senate Bill 486 - Education Matters


Bill Number: SB0486


Bill Name: Education Matters


Bill State: Indiana


Bill Sponsor/Co-Sponsor: Sen. Linda Rogers [R], Sen. Jeff Raatz [R], Sen. Stacey Donato [R], Sen. Brian Buchanan [R], Sen. Blake Doriot [R], Sen. Mark Messmer [R], Sen. Mike Gaskill [R], Sen. Jack Sandlin [R], Sen. Elizabeth Brown [R], Sen. Tyler Johnson [R], Sen. Travis Holdman [R], Sen. Spencer Deery [R], Sen. Eric Bassler [R], Sen. Gary Byrne [R], Sen. Rick Niemeyer [R] Sen. Scott Alexander [R], Sen. James Buck [R], Sen. John Crane [R], Rep. Jake Teshka [R], Rep. Robert Behning [R], Rep. Joanna King [R], Rep. Jack Jordan [R]

{Bill Status} : Signed into law


Bill Summary:

  • Repeals teacher training requirements regarding organized criminal activity, student homelessness, and the signs and symptoms of seizures

  • Mandates inclusion of aforementioned subjects in curriculum of teacher preparation programs

  • Provides for the Indiana Department of Education to establish an online platform to provide training and information regarding aforementioned subjects

Key Implications:

  • Reduces the burden on teachers to demonstrate continued knowledge of homeless student identification and assistance by removing training requirement

  • Embedding subject within curriculum instead of through requirement could potentially impact teachers’ ability to identify and assist homeless students in a rural state

Suggestions:

  • None at this time

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