INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Education and Career Development Committee approved a proposal Wednesday that would require an ethnic studies course be taught in schools. Senate Bill (SB) 495, authored by State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis), would ensure school curriculum includes in-depth and comparative studies of race in America.

An ethnic studies course would provide students with a well-rounded understanding of racial diversity and how it is impacted by class, gender and sexuality.

“It is important that all students have a good understanding of ethnic history and how powerful racial diversity is in today’s society,” said Sen. Taylor. “Education is one of the best ways to curb racism and give our students a well-rounded perspective of American history.”

Ethnic studies would be required for school corporations and accredited nonpublic schools’ elementary and high school social studies curriculums. The measure is not expected to increase school expenditures and individual school corporations would have the option to choose how ethnic studies would be incorporated.

“It is my hope that this measure not only makes American History an engaging topic for students, but also helps to bridge racial divides through learning,” said Sen. Taylor.

The proposal passed committee by a vote of 8-2 and will now move to the Senate floor to be considered by the full Senate.

Taylor represents Senate District 33 which includes portions of Wayne, Pike, Washington and Center townships in Marion County. For more information on Sen. Taylor, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit