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State Board Tweaks, Approves 'REPA II' Teacher Licensing Guidelines

In front of a vocal overflow crowd, Indiana’s State Board of Education approved Wednesday a broad suite of changes — known as “REPA II” — to the rules used to issue licenses and other credentials to educators in the state. State superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz was in the room as the executive panel approved the rules (which she opposed in [...]

Updated: Overflow Crowd Packs IDOE, Awaits Vote On Teacher Licensing Provision

An overflow crowd watches a webcast of the State Board meeting across the hall from the room where the panel was meeting. About a dozen people sat in the overflow room.

A large crowd of parents, educators and advocates packed the State Board of Education’s meeting in Indianapolis on Monday morning as the executive panel met to consider a broad package of changes to Indiana’s teacher licensure guidelines. The proposal, known in shorthand as REPA II, has been controversial, as we’ve written. Supporters say the provision [...]

Why Special Education Advocates Are On Edge Over New Teacher Licensing Rules

Becoming a teacher is no longer a matter of earning an education degree. College graduates are taking more alternative tracks into teaching that don’t involve going back to school for another four years. But some colleges of education worry a change to Indiana’s teacher licensing rules could make it too easy to earn credentials to [...]

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