2 thoughts on “School takes parent role to new level

  1. Thank you for writing on this, Steve.

    Again, Mrs. Cox demonstrates a total lack of understanding regarding Indiana code.

    For public schools and accredited nonpublic schools, the code actually states the hours of instruction (5 hours for grades 1-6) must be provided by a teacher (defined in IC 20-18-2-22), not a parent. Furthermore, courses, curriculum, and educational activities must be approved by the department, not determined by parents.

    IC 20-30-2-1 “Instructional time”
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, “instructional time” is time during which students are participating in:
    (1) an approved course;
    (2) a curriculum; or
    (3) an educationally related activity;
    under the direction of a teacher, including a reasonable amount of passing time between classes. Instructional time does not include lunch or recess.
    [Pre-2005 Elementary and Secondary Education Recodification Citation: 20-10.1-2-1.]
    As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.14.

    IC 20-30-2-2 Student instructional day; school flex program instructional day
    Sec. 2. (a) A student instructional day in grades 1 through 6 consists of at least five (5) hours of instructional time. Except as provided in subsection (b), (c), or (d), a student instructional day in grades 7 through 12 consists of at least six (6) hours of instructional time.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), an instructional day for a school flex program under section 2.2 of this chapter consists of a minimum of three (3) hours of instructional time.
    (c) A student instructional day for a qualified high school (as defined in IC 20-24.2-1-3) consists of any amount of instructional time.
    (d) A high school student who is enrolled in at least twelve (12) credit hours of on-campus dual credit courses (as described in IC 21-43-1-2.5) is not required to comply with subsection (a) during the semester in which the student is enrolled in at least twelve (12) credit hours.
    [Pre-2005 Elementary and Secondary Education Recodification Citation: 20-10.1-2-1.]
    As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.14. Amended by P.L.242-2005, SEC.15; P.L.201-2013, SEC.2.

    A Teacher is defined in Indiana code:
    IC 20-18-2-22 “Teacher”
    Sec. 22. (a) “Teacher” means a professional person whose position in a school corporation requires certain educational preparation and licensing and whose primary responsibility is the instruction of students.
    (b) For purposes of IC 20-28, the term includes the following:
    (1) A superintendent who holds a license under IC 20-28-5.
    (2) A principal.
    (3) A teacher.
    (4) A librarian.
    (5) A school counselor.
    (6) A school psychologist.
    (c) For purposes of IC 20-43-10-3.5, the term means a professional person whose position with a:
    (1) school corporation;
    (2) special education cooperative established under IC 20-35-5;
    (3) cooperative career and technical education program;
    (4) special education program established by an interlocal agreement under IC 36-1-7;
    (5) joint program agreement established under IC 20-26-10; or
    (6) charter school;
    requires a license (as defined in IC 20-28-1-7) and whose primary responsibility is the instruction of students in the classroom or virtual classroom.
    [Pre-2005 Elementary and Secondary Education Recodification Citation: 20-6.1-1-8.]
    As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.246-2005, SEC.126; P.L.90-2011, SEC.4; P.L.167-2013, SEC.1; P.L.43-2014, SEC.1; P.L.213-2015, SEC.151; P.L.219-2015, SEC.1; P.L.217-2017, SEC.94.

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