Citations Affected: IC 20-28.
Synopsis: Teacher shortages. Allows the governing body of a school
corporation or an accredited nonpublic school to hire an individual who
is in the process of obtaining a teacher's license under the transition to
teaching program, if the individual: (1) is obtaining a license in a
subject area; or (2) will be teaching in a school that is located in a
school corporation; in which there is an insufficient supply of licensed
teachers, as designated by the state board of education. Requires the
superintendent of a school corporation to make a determination that
either no fully licensed and highly qualified teacher is available or that
the transition to teaching program participant is the best qualified for
the position before hiring the program participant. Provides that a
program participant who is hired to teach receives a transition to
teaching permit, and enters into a regular or temporary teacher's
contract. Requires the state board to review the designation of a subject
area or school corporation as having an insufficient supply of licensed
teachers every two years.
Effective: July 1, 2006.
January 9, 2006, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
January 12, 2006, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
January 19, 2006, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
appointing authority of an accredited nonpublic school may
employ a program participant if the program participant is hired
to teach in a subject area or a school corporation to which this
(c) Before employing a program participant under subsection (b), the superintendent of the school corporation must make a determination that one (1) of the following conditions exists:
(1) There is no fully certified and highly qualified teacher available for the position.
(2) The program participant is the best qualified candidate for the position.
(d) A program participant who is employed under this section is eligible to receive a transition to teaching permit. The transition to teaching permit is valid for three (3) years, and may not be renewed. IC 20-28-5-9 applies to a program participant who applies for a transition to teaching permit.
(e) A program participant who is employed under this section:
(1) shall enter into either:
(A) a regular teacher's contract under IC 20-28-6-5; or
(B) a temporary teacher's contract under IC 20-28-6-6;
(2) is eligible to participate in a mentor teacher program; and
(3) satisfies the field or classroom experience component of the program under section 4(3) of this chapter.
(f) The state board:
(1) shall review; and
(2) may renew;
the designation of a school corporation or a subject area as having an insufficient supply of licensed teachers not more than two (2) years following the initial designation under subsection (a).