House supports Behning's bill to attract Hoosiers to teaching field

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, February 3, 2016 12:57 pm

House supports Behning’s bill to attract Hoosiers to teaching field 

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2016) —The Indiana House of Representatives today voted 57-42 in support of State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) bill that would help attract educators to the teaching profession.

House Bill (HB) 1004 would give schools greater flexibility in their retirement plan options. Teachers entering the profession would have the option to choose between a defined benefit or a defined contribution plan, whichever best fits their needs.

“Studies have shown that millenials will have about four to six occupations over their lifetime,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “With these added flexibilities, it is my hope that more people will consider the teaching profession as a long-term career.”

Behning’s bill would also allow schools to offer more money to educators who would teach in hard-to-fill positions. Additionally, by cutting red tape under this proposal, educators with valid out-of-state teaching licenses could be hired to teach in Indiana.

This legislation will now go to the Senate for consideration. To read more about HB 1004, visit



State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents

portions of Marion and Hendricks counties.


Click here to view a high-definition, on camera interview with Rep. Behning regarding HB 1004.