The Indiana’s version of the anti “Critical Race Theory” bill has been significantly altered after large scale public outcry from teachers, students, and other stakeholders.
House Bill 1134 is a bill that is aimed at controlling the teaching of “divisive concepts.” The bill is part of a larger nationwide effort to ban Critical Race Theory from schools and looks similar to many bills already passed in other states. The bill does not explicitly mention the term “Critical Race Theory” but many of the perceived underlying concepts are addressed.
The bill as previously written would have forced teachers to post all of their lessons and materials online for review. It also would have allowed parents to not only let their children opt out of lessons but also sue the school districts and potentially have a teacher’s license taken away. The amendment did away with those parts and also cut down on the list of divisive topics that were not allowed to be taught.
This is the state senate’s second go around with such a bill. Senate Bill 167 was scrapped after similar outrage. The bill being considered now came from the House.
Read the bill here.