INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A proposal to no longer require Indianaís local school
superintendents to hold a state superintendentís or teacherís license passed
the state Senate after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast her first tie-breaking
Senators split 25-25 on the bill that would change the current requirement
that school district superintendents have a teaching license and complete
graduate school work in education administration.
Supporters say the change would give local school boards more flexibility to
hire whomever they believe best fills their needs for a top administrator.
Opponents worry that the state would open the door to possible cronyism and
lowering standards by allowing superintendents without any classroom
The Senate added a requirement that the superintendent have a masterís
degree, which wasnít in the previously House-approved version of the bill.