(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana Board of Education has approved changes to Indiana's teacher licensing requirements.
The board voted 9-2 Wednesday to make rule changes under REPA-2, Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability, supported by outgoing Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.
Incoming superintendent Glenda Ritz had asked the board to delay action until after she takes office in January. Ritz, who defeated Bennett in the November 6 election, campaigned against many of Bennett’s reforms.
Among the rule chages is a new "adjunct teachers permit" which would allow any person with a bachelor degree and 3.0 GPA to become a classroom teacher.
One of the opponents of REPA-2 is Indiana State Teachers Association president Nate Schnellenberger. He says the new rules will de-professionalize teaching.
"As drafted, there is absolutely no substance offered in REPA 2 on which you and I can count to know what will constitute a legitimate teacher preparation program. No longer will we know that our public school teachers are trained at bona fide universities. Instead REPA 2 would allow ‘organizations’ approved by political appointees to become teacher preparation centers,” Schnellenberger said prior to Wednesday’s vote.
However, supporters argue that the rules still allow local school districts to have the final say on who they hire to teach.