Lawmakers Revoke Provision Allowing Schools To Hire Unlicensed Teachers
By Travis Thayer
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana lawmakers are scrapping a provision that would have allowed Indiana’s public schools to hire unlicensed teachers.
State Senator Andy Zay (R-Huntington) said Monday that he is stripping out the piece of Senate Bill 387 that would allow schools to fill up to ten percent of their open teaching positions with unlicensed teachers, reports The Indy Star.
The idea behind the original proposal was to help with teacher shortages throughout the state by hire soon-to-be teachers, or college graduates who have yet to pass the state’s basic skills test for teachers.
Zay says there are still plenty of ways the state’s schools can deal with their needs without having to create a new state law or change an old one.
The revised SB 387 would still include an avenue for unlicensed teachers to enter the classroom through a career specialist permit for individuals with work experience in a certain field, but not necessarily a teaching license.
The bill will allow teachers to receive extra pay in hard-to-staff positions such as STEM or special education.
With just three days left in the legislative session, the bill must pass four committees and both House and Senate chambers before heading to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk.