ETA President voices opposition against House Bill 1134

ETA President voices opposition against House Bill 1134
Published: Feb. 16, 2022 at 6:41 PM CST
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WFIE) - The Indiana Senate met Wednesday to discuss and vote on multiple bills, including House Bill 1134.

Evansville Teachers Association President Lori Young attended the senate hearing of the bill on Wednesday, and was one of the many educators, parents and administrators who were going to testify on the behalf of educators against the bill.

Unfortunately, so many people showed up to speak in opposition to the bill, Young did not receive the chance to voice her opinion.

In a Facebook Live after the meeting, Young said that she still opposes the bill.

HB 1134 has been highly controversial since it was first introduced to the Indiana House of Representatives, and it’s been heavily fought against by Indiana educators the whole way.

Young said that while the amended bill did cut back on some of the restrictions regarding curriculum content, it still needed some work.

She told 14 News she didn’t see why the bill would be necessary.

Many of the policies it recommends are things that she said EVSC and most districts already have.

In cases where the schools didn’t have a policy, Young wondered where the money would come from.

“If there’s no funding for it, it becomes one of those unfunded mandates,” she said. “If it’s an unfunded mandate, someone has to pay for it.”

Young expressed concern that the lack of funding would contribute to cuts in student programs and teacher pay.

The Indiana Senate decided that due to the nature of the opposition against the bill, as well as the many vast amendments that have been made, state lawmakers would not vote on the bill on Wednesday.

Much of the bill itself was amended, and the bill itself looks entirely different from the bill that passed its way through the House of Representatives.

“We want to ensure that Hoosier children have the best education possible,” Indiana Senator (R) Linda Rogers said. “In order to be effective, we have to work together.”

The Senate committee heard multiple testimonies stemming from multiple different angles and issues.

After hearing the testimonies of multiple people for two hours, the Senate broke and will be voting on the bill next week.

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