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Chaplain Bill flows through Indiana Statehouse

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Mature woman with her little granddaughter praying together over Bible at home

A new bill in Indiana allowing schools to put chaplains in schools is making its way through the Indiana Statehouse.

Indiana Republicans claim Senate Bill 50 is meant to provide nonsecular support to students and employees.

The author of the bill, G-O-P Senator Stacey Donato of Logansport, says this is meant to help schools in Indiana and would require school board approval.

"Senate Bill 50 is an aim to give schools another tool in their toolbox with an option to add additional resources for emotional needs for students, teachers, staff, resource officers, administration and parents."

This bill comes at a time when Indiana schools face a massive counselor crisis, with nearly 700 students for every one counselor according to the American School Counselor Association.

The bill passed along party lines in the Senate Education and Career Development Committee, with four Democrats opposing the legislation.

Jared Harris is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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