DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Incentives for teachers. Requires the department of education to accept semester hours in a mathematics or science licensure program at an accredited teacher education school for the renewal of a teacher's license if the course work is approved by: (1) the superintendent of the school corporation that employs the teacher; or (2) the department of education if the teacher is not employed by a school corporation. Allows a college graduate who meets certain qualifications to be issued an instructional emergency permit authorizing the college graduate to teach school for two years. Allows certain transition to teaching program participants to receive additional incremental compensation. Requires a school corporation's salary schedule to include course work taken in math or science for a teacher's license renewal as a qualifying criterion for additional compensation if the course work is approved by the school corporation's superintendent. Requires the superintendent of a school corporation to enter into a letter of commitment to pay additional salary to a teacher who is enrolled in a mathematics or science program that is approved by the superintendent and who satisfies certain other conditions. Allows a teacher who has completed at least 36 credit hours of college studies beyond a bachelor's degree and certain math or science course work to be compensated under a salary classification equivalent to a teacher who holds a master's degree. Allows certain math and science teachers to receive additional compensation. Makes certain other changes.