ST. PAUL, Minn. – Public school students, teachers and families across Minnesota are poised to benefit from the Senate’s passage of the Education Policy Bill. The package of legislation, authored by Senate Education Chair, Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), includes the following:
- addresses the teacher shortage
- gives contract protection to ECFE and ABE educators
- addresses teacher quality and safety
- implements better testing practices
- streamlines report requirements for schools
“This session we’ve really focused in on solving the state’s teacher shortage crisis in areas like math, science and special education. Our policy bill does a good job of streamlining the teacher licensure process which will help remove barriers to more teachers getting licensed. Another major component of this bill addresses testing transparency, this is an issue we’ve heard a lot about recently and I’m glad we could address parents and teachers concerns. I’m really proud of the bipartisan work that went into putting together this bill, and I look forward to finding ways to work with the House to get these measures implemented. At the end of the day this is about creating better opportunities for Minnesota kids to get a great education,” said Sen. Wiger.