Bill advances to loosen Hoosier school superintendent requirements
By TOM DAVIES January 29, 2013 1:10PM
Updated: January 29, 2013 10:33PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Local school superintendents would no longer have to hold an Indiana superintendent’s or teacher’s license under a bill endorsed by an Indiana House committee.
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 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.