Senate abandons contentious school curriculum bill

State lawmakers are dropping a Republican-backed bill that supporters said was aimed at increasing parental input over classroom instruction after the proposal drew national attention and widespread opposition.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate will not consider contentious Republican-backed legislation that supporters say would have increased parental control over what their kids learn but that teachers and other critics say would have amounted to censorship, a top lawmaker said Friday.

Members of the Republican-led Legislature worked on the bill this week, “but have determined there is no path forward for it and it will not be considered,” Republican Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray said in a statement.

Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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Joe King

Let teacher's teach! And the GOP led Indiana government still wonders why three is a teacher shortage here? Did any of them go to or have kids in public school? We need new leadership in Indiana...Vote them out. Glad the journalist and news papers are keeping watch over these buffoons....Do they really people to be "neutral" when it comes to hitler and his cronies? Let teachers teach!

fire111

JoeY! Do you read your statements before posting? You lost me in your first sentence! Certainly, curriculum should be examined by parents and an elected school board! I as a parent have a right to examine what my children are being exposed to! If I don't agree with the courses, then I will make a decision where my children are instructed! Public school, private school or home school..... my choice for my children!

Joe King

Yeah, no... You can't pick an choose.... I bet you are still believing and spreading false info about the election and who won the free and fair election. Or, that covid is real and not "just like the flu".... If you won't want teachers to teach, then yo ucan home school and have put your kid at a disadvantage when they turn 18 and go for their sat or college entry exams...or even dealing with the public. Let teacher's teach....

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