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Senate panel advances looser superintendent rules

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A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license is advancing in the Legislature.

Supporters say the change would give local school boards more flexibility to hire a business leader or someone else they believe would best fill their needs for a top administrator. Opponents worry that the state would be opening the door to possible cronyism and lowering standards by allowing superintendents without any classroom experience.

The Senate Education Committee voted 6-5 Wednesday to approve the bill and send it to the full Senate for consideration. The House has previously approved the proposal.

School district superintendents are currently required to have a teacher's license and complete graduate school work in education administration.

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