Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has approved

Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators
who said they would not improve the quality of the state's teachers.

The new rules include a requirement that people teaching grades 5 through 12 earn baccalaureate degrees in the subjects they
teach. The earlier rules qualified people holding an education degree alone for an Indiana teaching license to teach those
grades.

Daniels says the new rules mean that from now on all Indiana teachers will know the subject they are teaching. The rules
also will allow people in other careers to move more easily into teaching.

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