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Iowa proposal to let non-educators be superintendents has pros, cons, administrators say


The CEO of a corporation could become your child's next superintendent in Iowa if a new proposal passes.

The proposal being discussed by the Iowa State Board of Education would allow people who don't have experience as educators to become superintendents.

Right now, in order to become a superintendent in Iowa you must have a superintendent license. Keokuk School Board President Tyler McGhghy says the new proposal could offer some advantages to school districts, but he has reservations.

"Putting the cart before the horse," McGhghy said. "You're hiring someone before they actually know the education system, so to me I could see that side of it not working out, but again to go back, the superintendent is basically the CEO of the school and when you are looking at budgetary needs, staffing needs, implementation of plans to me a business leader would be perfect."

If the new proposal is passed, candidates who have five years of recent experience in upper leadership in an organization would be eligible, but they would have to undergo three years of professional training.

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