House supports Cook’s bill easing teacher workloads

House supports Cook’s bill easing teacher workloads

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday supported a proposal authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) aimed at reducing requirements put on Hoosier teachers.

“Currently, Indiana’s teachers must participate in a number of training and development programs so they are prepared to handle potential challenges in the classroom,” Cook said. “While these additional courses are important, many of them are repetitive or outdated, and could be eliminated.”

Cook’s legislation calls for a study committee to examine these requirements before 2020 and determine ways to eliminate, reduce or streamline them.

“Teachers want to be in the classroom with their students, not in burdensome hours of training,” Cook said. “Reviewing these programs and determining which are vital and should continue could help teachers focus their time and energy where it is needed most.”

Cook said interim study committees meet after the legislative session concludes and are assigned topics in the summer.

The proposal now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov for more information.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of

Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) presents his legislation in the House Chamber Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, to reduce some of the training requirements put on teachers so they can spend more time in the classroom. House Bill 1400 passed unanimously out of the House of Representatives and can now be considered by the Senate.