The bill says traditional public and charter schools can not discriminate against students or parents because of their religious beliefs.
The research will update a similar study from 2001 and will look at recreational use, health impacts and economic impact.
The Bloomington tradition kicked off Friday at the First United Methodist Church parking lot.
The North Central Parke Community School Corp. voted in a 7-0 decision Wednesday night to consolidate Turkey Run and Rockville Junior/Senior High schools.
The new test would be in place by 2019. But critics note the state has not yet picked a test.
Indiana senators approved making the state schools chief a position appointed by the governor and not elected by voters.
Republican Mark Hurt says he wants to return to Reagan-era policies.
Officials say the Black Bear last spotted in July appears to be out of hibernation and roaming Indiana again.
A new algorithm could help those suffering from a rare form of leukemia determine whether treatment will help.
The renovation will expand animal areas and areas for the public, staff, and volunteers.