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Sen. Glick: House Approves Bill to Encourage Veterans to Teach

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2014) — A bill 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 House of Representatives today by a unanimous vote.

As amended, 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

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.

Glick said she received strong support from Indiana’s colleges and universities for both this measure and the Combat to College program, which she authored last year.

“Our military veterans have a distinct set of skills that provide them with a unique perspective on learning and teaching,” Glick said. “Because of that, both veterans and students could greatly benefit from having them in an educational environment. It’s my hope our returning service men and women take advantage of this opportunity.”

SB 331 now returns to the Senate for concurrence. The bill is sponsored by State Reps. Dennis Zent (R-Angola), Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), Shelli VanDenburgh (D-Crown Point), Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis), Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Lloyd Arnold (R-Huntingburg), Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville), Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso).