Senate committee to hear Behning's bill to recruit educators

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:12 pm

Senate committee to hear Behning’s bill to recruit educators

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2016) State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) bill that would help attract educators to the teaching profession is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor. 

House Bill (HB) 1004 would allow schools to offer new teachers the option of choosing between the existing defined benefit Teacher Retirement Fund or a new statewide defined contribution plan. Already, local and state employees have these two retirement options, but public school educators do not. House Bill 1004 would not mandate schools or districts to alter their existing compensation offerings, but instead allow for greater flexibility in their retirement plan options. 

“More people are beginning to make multiple career changes in their lifetime. Giving them flexibility and portability in their retirement plans is imperative to recruit educators to our classrooms,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “Moving forward, I am hopeful that this legislation will encourage more people to enter the teaching profession in Indiana.”

Under HB 1004, schools would also be able to offer more money to educators who would teach in demonstrated hard-to-fill positions. Additionally, educators with valid out-of-state teaching licenses could be hired to teach in Indiana. 

To watch the committee live and to learn more about HB 1004, visit


State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents

portions of Marion and Hendricks counties.


NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Click here to download a high-definition, on camera interview with Rep. Behning regarding HB 1004.