Senate Panel Advances Looser Superintendent Rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ 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 yesterday 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.