Indiana Senate will consider lower superintendent requirements

Some Indiana lawmakers want to loosen the requirements for becoming a school superintendent.

Earlier this week, the Senate Education Committee approved a proposal that would no longer require superintendents to have any type of licensing.

Under current state law, school superintendents must have at least five years of successful teaching experience and a superintendent's license.

The bill's supporters say the change will give school boards more options when hiring a leader, which could help cash-strapped districts.

"Money is a big issue and who better to be in charge of these budgets than someone who's fiscally minded, someone who has a fiscal background?" said Carlin Yoder (R- 12th District). "That may not be someone with a license, but that might be someone who's a CEO in business or has a background in business."

But, opponents of the measure say it contradicts what the position of superintendent is all about.

They say lowering standards could have a negative impact on Indiana education.

"It really raises sort of the odd scenario where you could have a plumber come to your house and if you find out the plumber doesn't have a license you could tell that plumber, 'Look, you're not licensed, you can't do work on my home. But, by the way there's an opening for the position of superintendent, so you can go ahead and apply for that," said John Broden (D- 10th District).

The Senate's expected to vote on the bill by Wednesday.

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