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Governor Vetos Teacher Licensing Bill

March 14, 2008

Governor Mitch Daniels has issued his first veto of the year on a bill approved by the Indiana General Assembly.  The legislation would have allowed teachers to obtain their state teaching license if they came within three points of passing their licensing exam after their third attempt taking the exam.  Bill author Vernon Smith of Gary says teachers would still have been within the test’s margin of error, and could have helped fill critical teacher shortages in Gary and other school districts in the state.  In a statement issued with the veto, Governor Mitch Daniels said the bill would have weakened Indiana’s education system by allowing less qualified teachers into the classroom. 

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