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Department Of Education Holding Public Hearing

Last updated on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS,IN) - The Indiana Department of Education is holding two public hearings on a proposal to overhaul how teachers are trained and licensed.

The hearings are scheduled Thursday in Scottsburg and Monday in Indianapolis.

Indiana Department of Education Spokesman Cam Savage says the most significant change requires new middle school and high school teachers to have a much deeper knowledge of the subject they are teaching.

Current teachers will have Additonal options to renew their teaching license.

The new proposal allows them to maintain their license by getting credit for professional development sessions they attend as required by their school superintendent.

Most teachers must now get six additional college credits every five years to renew.

Savage says the 19 member state board of education will hammer out the rule changes using input from the public hearings.

There is no deadline for a final vote, but the earliest any changes could take effect is July 2010.

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