Indiana gives initial OK to new teacher license

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The State Board of Education has given its initial approval to a proposal that would allow college graduates with a B average in any subject to earn a K-12 teaching license in Indiana.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz tried to kill the licensing proposal during Wednesday’s meeting, but her motion failed.

Critics maintain the proposal would allow untrained teachers to lead a classroom without understanding childhood development or classroom management.

The Indianapolis Star reports the board addressed some of the objections by requiring that applicants have at least 6,000 hours of real world experience and undergo teaching training upon taking the job.

Those changes were approved on an 8-3 vote. The alternative teaching license proposal is among several licensing changes the board must vote on later this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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