2013 Indiana General Assembly

Senate panel backs plan for unlicensed school superintendents

2013-04-03T15:45:00Z 2013-04-03T20:49:04Z Senate panel backs plan for unlicensed school superintendentsBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | School boards are edging closer to being allowed to hire any person as superintendent, regardless of whether he or she holds a state superintendent's license.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday refused to add a master's degree requirement to House Bill 1357, which provides that school superintendents no longer must have the training and experience needed to obtain a teacher's or superintendent's license.

State Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, the sponsor of the legislation, said school boards deserve maximum flexibility to hire the person they believe is best suited to lead their school corporations.

He admitted that means a school board could even hire a high school dropout, but said he doesn't think that will happen since most school board members have to answer to voters for their decisions.

The panel voted 6-5 to send the House-approved legislation to the full Senate.

State Sens. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, and Earline Rogers, D-Gary, both opposed the measure.

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