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SB 373 - Authorizes Academic Credit for Religious Education Courses - Indiana Key Vote

Chris May voted Yea (Passage With Amendment) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Academic Credit for Religious Education Courses

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (40-8) -

Title: Authorizes Academic Credit for Religious Education Courses

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (67-26) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Academic Credit for Religious Education Courses

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes academic credit for religious education courses.

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  • Authorizes a public secondary school to award academic credit to a student who attends religious instruction if governing body of the school adopts a policy that allows the awarding of credit (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the policy adopted by the governing body of a school to provide, at a minimum,  the following requirements (Sec. 1):

    • Classes in religious instruction are evaluated on the basis of purely secular criteria in the same manner as similar classes taken by a student at a nonpublic secondary school who transfers to a public secondary school are evaluated to determine whether the student receives transfer credit for the classes;

    • The secular criteria may include the following in addition to other to other secular criteria established by the governing body:

      • The number of hours of classroom instructional time;

      • A review of the course syllabus that reflects the course requirements and materials;

      • Methods of assessments used in the course; and

      • Whether the course is taught by a licensed teacher.

    • The decision of whether to award academic credit is neutral to, and does not involve any test for, religious content or denominational affiliation; and

    • A provision that a student who attends religious instruction will first seek to use a time period during a student instructional day that is not devoted to student instructional time to attend their religious instruction. If a student is not able to attend religious instruction at a time other than during student instructional time, the student may attend religious instruction more than 120 minutes per week.

  • Specifies that a student may be awarded no more than 2 elective academic credits for religious instructional courses (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (40-8) -

Title: Authorizes Academic Credit for Religious Education Courses

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Academic Credit for Religious Education Courses

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