The Indiana Senate Education committee made significant changes to a charter school bill Wednesday. One change increases the percentage of teachers in a charter school that must be licensed from 50 to 75. But Gary Senator Earline Rogers said that change still does not go far enough.
“My greatest fear is that charter schools might be known as schools that have teachers that are uncertified,” he said.
The committee also amended the bill to nix the idea of using money from transportation levies to fund charter schools, added language that requires 51% of both teachers and parents to approve switching from a traditional public school to a charter and added stricter accountability standards for charters.
The bill was passed and moved to the Senate Appropriations committee.