Reprinted

January 20, 2006





SENATE BILL No. 172

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DIGEST OF SB 172 (Updated January 19, 2006 2:24 pm - DI 71)



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.





Lubbers, Delph




    January 9, 2006, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.
    January 12, 2006, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
    January 19, 2006, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.





Reprinted

January 20, 2006

Second Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2006)


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SENATE BILL No. 172



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-28-1-2; (06)SB0172.2.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-28-1-2, AS ADDED BY P.L.246-2005, SECTION 133, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2006]: Sec. 2. "Applicant" refers to an applicant for:
        (1) a new license;
        (2) a renewal license; or
        (3) a substitute teacher certificate; or
        (4) a transition to teaching permit;

issued by the department.
     SECTION 2. IC 20-28-4-11 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2006]: Sec. 11. (a) This section applies only to:
        (1) a school corporation; or
        (2) a subject area;
that is designated by the state board as having an insufficient supply of licensed teachers.
    (b) The governing body of a school corporation or the

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 section applies.
    (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).