A move to let non-teachers become superintendents has been derailed at theIowa Statehouse. Representative Christopher Rants, a republican from SiouxCity, argued that the state’s six largest school districts should have theoption of choosing a non-teacher to be their leader. Rants said schoolboards should have the option of choosing someone with business acumen torun their multi-million dollar enterprise.But critics, like Representative Mary Mascher, said superintendents havecontrol over curriculum and therefore superintendents should have teachingdegrees.Mascher, who’s a democrat, is a teacher in Iowa City. The proposal wasdefeated on a voice vote.