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BSU Black Faculty and Staff Association  |  Special to The Star Press

Quickly moving through the education committees of the Indiana State Legislature are Senate Bill 167 and House Bill 1040 (now HB 1134), which are a pair of compatible pieces of legislation that, if passed, will radically transform K-12 schools and higher education’s role in educator preparation. They have catastrophic implications for preparing teachers to impart racial equity, promote classrooms that are warmly inclusive and multicultural, and exemplify socially just education.

Contrary to Indiana’s social studies standards that foreground civic education, SB 167 introduces job training skills as the purview of this interdisciplinary area intended to prepare students to be informed citizens in a democratic society. They propose ideological intrusions in education (e.g., preventing critically conscious examination of multiple political regimes) in ways that are akin to censorship and that run afoul of free speech rights in an academic setting. In higher education, these intrusions threaten the cultivation of the communication skills that the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) standards dictate.

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These proposed reforms relate not only to Teachers College but also to all the subject areas of teacher lic


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