Wed December 5, 2012
Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules
The Indiana Board of Education has approved changes to Indiana's teacher licensing requirements despite arguments from opponents that the new rules could hurt the quality of classroom instruction.
The board voted in favor of the rules changes supported by outgoing Republican state schools superintendent Tony Bennett. Incoming superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, had asked the board to delay action until after she takes office next month.
Ritz defeated Bennett in the November election after campaigning against many of his policies.
The new rules make it easier for college graduates to obtain teacher licenses without completing teacher training programs. Supporters disagree with claims they would hurt teacher quality.
"These ultimately are local decisions that should be resolved at the local level. This just gives some flexibility and opportunity for those who want to participate. All of the rest of the schools districts that don’t, don’t," said board member Tony Walker, who voted for the changes.
The board voted 9-2 in favor of the new rules.