Bill would loosen superintendent rules

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.

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Who are the special interests paying for these new education laws? I know that many for-profit school firms want to rob Indiana of our tax income by setting up schools without any real quality standards. Who is paying off our politicians to support this ridiculous bill? Guess we need to look at groups donating to this committee. Let's see who is taking money from online education and from the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) -- Jeb Bush's group. Bush turned Florida into a complete education disaster and now groups are paying him to influence politicians in all states. Hoosiers need to stand up to stop this before its too late! They see our kids as walking dollar signs -- nothing more!
Allowing a school district to hire a superintendent without any classroom experience is ridiculous. It doesn't matter what field you work in, a supervisor without any practical experience has little to offer. (The most successful companies promote to management from within -- even fast food such as In N Out Burger!! Read up on it!) The policies imposed by supervisors without proper experience and internships work against the school staff and a quality student environment because the supervisor doesn't understand the duties of the job. Allowing staff without proper credentials also opens the door for smaller districts to hire family members without even the pretext of earning a degree. I agree that the current crop of administrators lack the qualities necessary to do the job, but we should be passing bills to outline what we expect graduate schools to teach to new superintendent candidates -- not take away our only way to restrict the job to quality applicants.

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