HB1134 would require parents to provide written consent for their child to receive certain social-emotional services and provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a broad range of activities such as surveys that reveals the student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings without parental consent.
The sweeping language of the bill as written poses serious risk for young people in accessing supportive services and SEL as a part of their learning in the classroom. Parental engagement is vital to students’ learning and development. However, the nature of this opt-in, if passed, would harm Indiana youth and inhibit access to SEL and its lasting benefits.
Act now to let House Committee members know the grave challenges that would arise with passing this bill.