Legislation encouraging innovation in classrooms signed into law

Legislation encouraging innovation in classrooms signed into law

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, May 29, 2015 1:06 am

STATEHOUSE — Legislation authored by State Representative Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) to allow Hoosier educators to develop and implement innovative approaches to meet the educational needs of their students was ceremonially signed into law by the governor on May 28. 

House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1009 allows a group of two or more teachers with their principal or superintendent to enter into a contract with their school board which details an innovative performance plan in exchange for a reprieve from regulations they feel are hindering performance. 

“Giving local educators full flexibility to determine the best approach to managing their schools will allow them to better meet the educational needs of a diverse and constantly changing student population,” said Rep. Behning. “Schools will be able to allocate more resources to the classroom and reduce unnecessary mandates.”
This new law also establishes the framework for a career pathway program for teachers. This is a first step in establishing career ladders for highly effective teachers so that they are able to earn more money as a result of taking on additional responsibilities. 

“Teachers often leave the classroom in order to pursue a position as a school administrator as a means of advancing their career and earning potential,” said Rep. Behning. “By allowing effective teachers to earn a higher salary while remaining in the classroom, we will ensure that students will continue to receive the highest quality education possible.”
HEA 1009 will go into effect on July 1, 2015. For more information, please visit iga.in.gov. 


State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents portions of Marion and Hendricks counties. He serves as Chairman of the Education Committee. He also serves on the Public Health Committee and the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.