Teacher Licensing Rules Won’t Be Enacted
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Wednesday a controversial set of changes to Indiana’s teacher licensing rules will not be enacted after all. StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports on what sent the package — known as REPA 2 — back to “square one.”
At the State Board of Education’s December meeting, a board member proposed a last-minute change to the REPA II package. He didn’t put it in writing, but the Board adopted it anyway, along with the rest of the rules. State superintendent Glenda Ritz wasn’t in office when the vote was taken. But she says the informal amendment raised red flags with officials in the Indiana Attorney General’s office, who told Ritz they could not let the State Board’s vote stand:
Ritz: “They were going to disapprove it on a variety of items, one being the board took action on REPA II without actually seeing the language in front of them.”
The changes would’ve allowed non-education majors to earn teaching credentials, provided they passed a content area exam and earned high marks on their evaluations. Changing state rules is a different process from changing state laws — rules changes can take a full year. Frustrated State Board members Wednesday said they want to re-start that months-long process as soon as possible. Ritz opposed REPA II, but denied her office intentionally delayed its implementation.