[r73] Rep. Davisson: New Indiana laws, part 3 (8/1/2012)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Start Date: 8/1/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 8/1/2012 End Time: 8:00 AM

It is my goal, along with my colleagues, to continually improve Indiana’s education system. Several new education-related laws went into effect on July 1, and it is important for everyone to be aware of how they will affect Hoosier students.

Sadly, some children across Indiana experience abuse from parents or other family members. I supported legislation that requires the Department of Education (DOE) to develop and implement a plan for abused children in the classroom. The DOE must develop model education materials, response policies and reporting procedures on child abuse, including sexual abuse. These policies will affect students in grades two to five.

The Indiana General Assembly also passed a new law making it illegal for parents and students to be charged a fee for bus transportation to and from school. An issue arose last year in an Indianapolis school where students were being charged to ride the bus. This resulted in many students walking to school, which created many safety hazards. The new law will help eliminate those safety hazards and prevent students from being charged for school transportation in the future.

Click here for a complete list of new Indiana laws. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or input by calling 317-232-9509 or by emailing H73@in.gov.