Bill advances to loosen Indiana superintendent requirements

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Indiana lawmakers are advancing a bill that would allow school districts to hire superintendents who don't have a superintendent's or teacher's license.

The House Education Committee voted 9-4 Tuesday to approve the bill and send it to the full House for consideration.

Bill sponsor Rep. Todd Huston of Fishers says the proposal would give more flexibility to local school boards to hire who they believe would best fill their needs for a top administrator.

Opponents of the change said they are worried that the state would be lowering standards by allowing superintendents without any classroom experience. Huston says the performance expectations for schools aren't being changed but local boards would be given more control over their hiring decisions.

Text of the bill:

Synopsis: School administrators. Provides that a superintendent of schools is not required to hold a teacher's or superintendent's license. Provides that a school corporation may have a policy to require administrators to be residents of the school corporation. Repeals a requirement that a county superintendent of schools must have five years of successful teaching experience and hold a superintendent's license.

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