Protecting Children in the Public Schools
2018 Legislative Update
Thank you for your emails, phone calls and letters to your legislators supporting Senate Bill 65 to help protect children in the public schools. You made a difference!
Background on Senate Bill 65
There are over 1,000,000 children in the Indiana public schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Currently there is no law to protect children from being taught about sexual activity, sexual orientation and gender identity without parental consent.
Senate Bill 65 – Senate Version
Senator Dennis Kruse introduced Senate Bill 65 which would have required written parental permission before any child in the public schools could be taught about sexual issues. Because of Senator Kruse’s leadership, Senate Bill 65 passed the Senate 37-12. This was a “parental consent” bill.
Senate Bill 65 – House Version
Unfortunately, Representative Tim Wesco led the effort to change Senate Bill 65 in the House of Representatives from requiring parental consent to instead requiring all public schools to send two notices to parents before their child could be taught about sexual issues. The parents would then have the opportunity to have their child “opt out” of the sexual instruction. Because of Representative Wesco’s efforts Senate Bill 65 became a “parental notification” bill.
Senate Bill 65 To The Governor
Because we were unable to return Senate Bill 65 to the Senate version requiring “parental consent,” the House version of Senate Bill 65 requiring “parental notification” will now go to Governor Holcomb.
Advance America Still Fighting For Parental Consent To Protect Children
While “parental notification” with regard to the sexual instruction of children in the public schools is better than current law, it is not the best solution. That’s why Advance America will continue to lead the battle at the State House and work with key Senators and Representatives to require prior written parental consent before any child in the public schools – beginning in kindergarten – can be taught about sexual activity, sexual orientation and gender identity. This is the right thing to do for the children of Indiana!
Senator Dennis Kruse is to be commended for his leadership on Senate Bill 65. I also want to thank Senator Blake Doriot, Senator Jeff Raatz and Senator John Crane as well as Representative Jeff Thompson, Representative Dave Wolkins and Representative Bruce Borders for their support of Senator Kruse’s efforts to return Senate Bill 65 to the Senate version requiring “parental consent.”
2018 Legislative Wrap Up Coming
Be watching for our 2018 Legislative Update that will have more information on Senate Bill 65 and a number of other bills impacting the children, the families and the churches of Indiana!