House advances Behning’s legislation encouraging school collaboration

House advances Behning’s legislation encouraging school collaboration

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, January 31, 2018 3:20 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation on Wednesday that would give school districts the flexibility to collaborate in order to drive student success.

Under Behning’s proposal, four to eight school corporations could form a coalition to develop inventive education plans to put students on the path to success. Behning said this coalition would be able to request flexibility from some state laws and State Board of Education rules that hinder innovation.

“This added freedom will allow school districts to come together and find ways to be innovative inside and outside the classroom,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “When schools work together and partner with their local community, great things happen for students. This flexibility would allow schools to create new ways for students to earn academic credit in pursuit of their diploma, better preparing them to enter the workforce immediately after high school or pursue some form of post-secondary education.”

Additionally, this proposal would provide licensure flexibilities, which would allow highly qualified industry professionals to work in classrooms as teachers. Behning said some schools are struggling to find qualified educators to fill science, technology, engineering and math teaching positions. He said this opportunity would give them the needed flexibility to implement STEM programs.

Behning said this bi-partisan legislation was inspired by Batesville Community School Corporation, which has already developed and implemented outside-the-box ideas to prepare students for life after high school.

House Bill 1398 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more. 

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Behning can be downloaded by clicking here.

PICTURED: State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) presents his legislation encouraging flexibility among school corporations to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Behning’s legislation can now be considered by the Senate.