House passes McNamara's legislation to retain dual-credit classes

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Monday, February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 1, 2016) – The House of Representatives passed State Rep. Wendy McNamara’s (R-Evansville) legislation addressing new requirements for dual-credit teachers in Hoosier schools.

House Bill 1370 would require a state school to develop a teacher education plan for high school teachers that have a master’s degree teaching dual-credit courses, but do not have 18 postgraduate credit hours in the content area of the dual credit course taught by the teacher.

McNamara said that approximately 1,200 dual-credit teachers would be unable to teach dual-credit courses under the federal Higher Learning Commission’s new regulations. Her legislation would allow a state university to work with a state school and create a waiver for of all or part of the tuition for teachers returning to fulfill the 18 postgraduate credit hours.

“Offering dual-credit classes at a high school level allows students to become more college and career ready, and if we remove 1,200 teachers from this program, those who are going to be most adversely affected will be the students,” McNamara said. “Indiana must meet these new requirements enacted by the Higher Learning Commission, and we should meet teachers halfway by offering an incentive for them to get the required 18 credit hours.”

McNamara’s bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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Rep. McNamara (R-Evansville) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Click here to download a high-definition, on camera interview with Rep. McNamara regarding HB 1370.