There are many laws taking effect on July 1, but everyone should pay attention to the education laws since education is a huge part of our society. Even if people don’t have children, these laws can impact children they know.
Athletics – House Enrolled Act 1041
After Lia Thomas became the first trans woman to win a NCAA swimming championship, concerns arose about whether trans girls had an unfair advantage over people who were born as girls. This legislation prevents any child not born female to play a school sport that is designated for females. This law was surrounded by controversy. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed the law but it was overturned. After it was overturned by the General Assembly, the ACLU filed a lawsuit.
School Board Meetings – House Enrolled Act 1130
There has been plenty of media coverage of parent outbursts and comments at school board meetings. Some school boards responded by limiting or temporarily eliminating public comment. This new law will allow people who are physically present to give public comments as long as the person is following the school board’s public comment guidelines.
Virtual Instruction – House Enrolled Act 1093
Public schools now have limits to the number of virtual school days they can have within the 180 day school year. Starting next school year, schools can only have three days of student-led virtual school days. However, school districts can file for a waiver with IDOE for special circumstances if the school district wishes to exceed three virtual days.
Are you or anyone you know impacted by these changes? If so, let us know. We would love to hear from you.