On Monday, the Senate debated for the final time, amendments to House Bill (HB) 1315 that tampers with the Muncie and Gary Community school districts. Senate Democrats saw many issues with the bill and offered six amendments to try and improve the contents of the bill, half of those were approved. Senate Republicans also offered two amendments both of which were approved.
We took a minute-by-minute look at how the amendments played out on the Senate floor this afternoon. HB 1315 must be approved or defeated by the chamber by the end of the day Tuesday, in order to progress further this session.
4:15 p.m. – Amendment #12 by State Senator Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) makes technical changes to the bill. Amendment #12 was approved by a voice vote.
4:16 p.m. – Amendment #1 by State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) would add that when making appointments to the new Muncie School Corporation Board, the bodies charged with making those appointments shall strive to ensure that the members reflect the geographical and socioeconomic composition of the Muncie Community School Corporation. Amendment #1 was approved by a voice vote.
4:16 p.m. – Amendment #9 by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) would require the Muncie Community School Corporation to follow Indiana law when it comes to the U.S. flag, including the pledge of allegiance, instruction on the Constitution of Indiana and the U.S., the system of government, American history, and good citizenship instruction.
Amendment #9 was approved by a voice vote.
4:18 p.m. – Amendment #2 by Sen. Lanane would allow teachers in the Muncie Community School Corporation to maintain their contracts and require the corporation to recognize collective bargaining rights. Amendment #2 failed 15-34.
4:22 p.m. – Amendment #14 by State Senator Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) would add that the Distressed Unit Appeals Board (DUAB) would provide financial support to the Muncie Community School Corporation in an amount that does not exceed the amount that Muncie would have received had it remained a distressed political subdivision. Amendment #14 was approved by a voice vote.
4:24 p.m. – Amendment #15 by Sen. Breaux would clarify that a provision added to HB 1315 in committee, which allows school districts to sell a building without making it available for purchase by charter school only applies to Indianapolis Publics Schools. Amendment #15 was approved by a voice vote.
4:25 p.m. – Amendment #3 by Sen. Lanane would allow for a referendum to revert the Muncie School Corporation from Ball State University and back to local control after a set amount of years. Currently, there is no end date on when Ball State no longer has authority over Muncie schools and local community members can vote for their school board. Amendment #3 failed 13-36.
4:29 p.m. – Amendment #10 by State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) would remove the subsection which allows an emergency manager of a distressed school corporation to cancel any employee’s contract as part of a reduction in force provision. Amendment #10 failed 14-35.