HB1134 - Education Matters
On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development voted 8-5 to pass HB1134, "Education Matters." This bill received another amendment before passage, but most notably were the amendments introduced by committee members that did not pass.
Specifically, they voted down an amendment that would require schools to teach Black history. Just as Indiana law currently mandates teaching the historical facts surrounding the Holocaust, the amendment to 1134 would simply have raised the teaching of important facts of Black history, such as slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil rights movement, from optional to mandatory. Minutes later the majority voted against the inclusion of basic federal protections of civil rights regarding race, sex and gender, disability and religion found in Federal law (Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act), and in our Constitution.
Read more here about Wednesday's committee hearing.
HB1134 moves to the full Senate chamber next week for further amendments and a vote. Click on the link below to tell Indiana Senators in the full chamber to vote NO on HB1134.