School district superintendents would no longer have to hold an Indiana superintendent's or teacher's license under a proposal that won approval in the house on Monday.
The bill cleared the Senate this month only after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of it.
The bill requires the district superintendent have a master's degree, a change from the current state requirements that superintendents have a teaching license and complete graduate school work in education administration.
Supporters say the change would give the state's nearly 300 local school boards more flexibility to hire a business leader or someone else they believe would best fill their needs.
Opponents worry that the state would be lowering standards by allowing superintendents without any classroom experience to hold the job and they wouldn't be able to understand what teachers face in their classrooms.
The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.