STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2013) — A measure drafted by State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz to attract veterans to the teaching profession passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote.
Senate Bill 331 would create the Second Service for Veterans program, which requires each state higher educational institution to do the following:
• Provide academic and career counseling for veterans enrolled in the school of education
• Offer in-state tuition to out-of-state veterans who apply and are accepted into the Second Service program
• Develop scholarship opportunities for veteran students who major in education
• Allow military training and experience to count toward an education degree when applicable
• Create a plan to attract and recruit veterans to the school of education
As amended, the measure would also expand college credit opportunities in any academic field for veterans who 1) pass certain college equivalency examinations or 2) complete courses at an accredited postsecondary education institution during their service.
“We believe the Second Service for Veterans program will not only assist young men and women in their transition back into the workforce, but will capitalize on the investment taxpayers have made in their education, training, maturity and dependability,” Glick said. “It’s my hope this will help more veterans secure long-term employment after their service by transferring their skills toward a teaching profession.”
SB 331 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. State Reps. Dennis Zent (R-Angola), James Baird (R-Greencastle), Shelli VanDenburgh (D-Crown Point) and Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis) are its sponsors.