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Engrossed Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Education matters. Requires each teacher preparation program to report the following to the department of education (department): (1) The number of teacher candidates in each content area who complete the teacher education program during the year, disaggregated by ranges of cumulative grade point average. (2) The number of teacher candidates in each content area who, during the year: (A) do not pass a content area licensure examination; and (B) do not retake the content area licensure examination. (This is in addition to other information each teacher preparation program is required to report under current law.) Provides that a teacher preparation Education matters. Requires each teacher preparation program to report the following to the department of education (department): (1) The number of teacher candidates in each content area who complete the teacher education program during the year, disaggregated by ranges of cumulative grade point average. (2) The number of teacher candidates in each content area who, during the year: (A) do not pass a content area licensure examination; and (B) do not retake the content area licensure examination. (This is in addition to other information each teacher preparation program is required to report under current law.) Provides that a teacher preparation program must provide underlying data, as determined by the department, used as part of calculating the teacher preparation program's retention rates. Requires the department to: (1) annually prepare a report that includes certain information regarding teachers licensed in Indiana; (2) submit, before October 1 each year, the report to the legislative council and the interim study committee on education; and (3) post the report on the department's Internet web site. Provides that the state board of education (state board) shall establish the education dispute resolution working group (EDR working group). Provides that an attorney or other advocate for an individual or entity who initiates a lawsuit or administrative proceeding against a public school or a nonpublic school is prohibited from representing the individual or entity without first disclosing in writing to the: (1) attorney's or advocate's client; and (2) court, administrative law judge, or hearing officer; any conflict of interest the attorney or advocate has in representing the individual or entity. Provides that not later than January 1, 2021, the department shall ensure that all mediators, administrative law judges, hearing officers, and other appointees, employees, and contractors who mediate or adjudicate disputes involving educational entities through the department or state board are effectively trained to serve as both mediators and adjudicators. Makes a correction. ... View more