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- The Indiana State Legislature debated a controversial education bill, Senate Bill 373, which would have let schools decide to "require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science." This provision of the bill was later removed, but an amended version still included the study of the Bible.
- State Sen. Eric Bassler, R-Washington, proposed a bill that would require the state's Department of Health to give schools a best practices guide for radon testing.
- After an accident in which three siblings died while boarding a school bus, the kids’ parents are asking Indiana lawmakers to enforce stricter rules at bus stops, along with the installation of video cameras and heftier penalties to punish rule breakers. And some legislators, who began the 2019 session on Jan. 6, agree these types of policies are needed.
- Teacher pay is set to get a lot of attention this session, with three bills already filed to raise teacher salaries and improve recruitment and retention efforts — two things that can help address the state’s shortage of educators. However, with Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb only proposing a relatively small increase in K-12 funding for the state, critics say there isn’t enough money to make much of a difference in the realm of teacher pay.