Yesterday, House Bill 1134 was heard in the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development. Senator Rogers’ amendment, which cut back the divisive concepts and improved some of the language surrounding transparency, passed.
We’re grateful for Senator Rogers and the work done to improve House Bill 1134 but still oppose the bill. It still has the power to have a chilling effect on teachers, would still require an opt-in from parents for children to receive mental health supports, and still threatens to worsen our teacher shortage.
We’re so proud of the Stand Indiana advocates who prepared testimony and spent the day at the statehouse yesterday, ready to oppose the bill. It was very disappointing not all of them were called to give testimony.
The statehouse was packed with over 200 people who signed up to speak, 90% of which opposed the bill. Only a few of our advocates heard their names called to offer their powerful stories and perspectives. If you weren’t able to be heard yesterday, I encourage you to post a video of yourself reading your testimony online. Tag Stand for Children Indiana on Facebook and Twitter.