Two bills impacting children are scheduled for second reading in the Indiana Senate on Monday, April 8, 2013:
HB 1015 urges the legislature to form an interim study committee on student discipline. Of particular concern for juvenile justice advocates are the grounds for suspension that relates to activities that did not occur on the school grounds or even during the school year, but allegedly interfere with school purposes or education function, currently found at Indiana Code (IC) 20-33-8-14 and IC 20-33-8-15. Opponents of the current statutes argue that these statutes are used to push troubled, challenging students out of the school system, often with long-term, negative impacts. Proponents of the current statutes argue that maintaining a positive educational environment is increasingly challenging and if a child is committing delinquent acts anywhere and at any time, he/she could interfere with the school purpose.
HB 1423 is the antibullying legislation that continues to try to find a balance between disciplining bullying behavior and the right to free speech and freedom of religion guaranteed by the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions.
One bill impacting children is scheduled for third reading in the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday, April 8, 2013:
SB 345 would establish a commission on seclusion and restraints in schools, including the use of mechanical and chemical restraints on students.