[r91] Rep. Behning Supports Bill for Sign Language Interpreters in School (3/17/2009)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Start Date: 3/17/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/17/2009

(STATEHOUSE) March 17, 2009 - A Senate bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Behning passed the Indiana House 95-0 Tuesday afternoon.  Senate Bill 57 sets standards for sign language interpreters in Indiana's public schools.

"Standards for hearing-impaired interpreters have been an area lacking in our schools," said Rep. Behning (R-Indianapolis).  "Our schools must provide highly qualified interpreters if our children with hearing impairments are to succeed as we strive to bring the best quality education for all children."

The bill requires a Department of Education advisory board to adopt rules by July 10, 2010, setting standards for sign language interpreters in an educational setting. The board reports to the Division of Professional Standards and consists of 19 members, 18 of whom are actively employed by a school corporation.

There is no estimated fiscal effect, since the board is already in action.

"We can't lose our focus on providing the best education for Hoosier children," said Rep. Behning.  "Bills like this one prove that we can put the student first and still not spend unreasonable amounts of taxpayer money."