HB 1134 is a classroom censorship bill introduced as part of a nationwide effort to limit how students can learn and talk about race and sex discrimination in public schools.
This bill, even in its amended form, limits how public schools and employees can include concepts related to an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation, as part of educational curriculum and activities. These restrictions will effectively erase the lived experiences of marginalized communities by censoring discussion around racism and sexism.
HB 1134 prevents teachers from doing their jobs and robs young people of an inclusive education and a healthy school environment. The vagueness of this bill will effectively chill discourse and instruction in Indiana classrooms.
*NOTE: SB 167 was a copycat version of HB 1134, but is no longer being considered in the Senate.