STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2018) — State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation that would give school districts the flexibility to collaborate in order to drive student success could soon become law.
Under Behning’s proposal, 4 to 8 school corporations could form a coalition to explore and develop education plans to drive student success. Behning said schools in this coalition would be able to request flexibilities from state laws and State Board of Education rules that hinder innovation. He said this legislation was inspired by Batesville Community School Corporation, which has developed and implemented outside-the-box ideas that work especially well within their community.
“Schools across the state already have great ideas on how to ensure students are engaged and learning skills critical to life after high school,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “If this coalition is created, the programs that are working for Batesville and other schools could be used as models in other districts across the state. Testing these new, innovative programs in a few schools would help ensure they can be fully developed and perfected on smaller scales before being implemented statewide.”
Additionally, this legislation would provide licensure flexibilities, allowing highly qualified industry professionals to work in classrooms as teachers. Behning said this proposal would expand the talent pool to include highly qualified industry professionals for school districts struggling to find educators to fill science, technology, engineering and math teaching positions.
House Enrolled Act 1398 is now eligible for action by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.
State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.
PICTURED: State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) presents the final version of House Enrolled Act 1398 to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Behning’s legislation, which would give 4 to 8 school districts the flexibility to form a coalition and collaborate on best practices, is now eligible for action by the governor.