Looser superintendent rules advance on tiebreaker

A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license passed the state Senate after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast her first tie-breaking vote.

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 experience.

The Senate added a requirement that the superintendent have a master's degree, which wasn't in the previously House-approved version of the bill.

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