OLA report on Board of Teaching and MDE offers strong recommendations

Sen. Wiger offers comments on OLA report

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), Chair of the Senate Education Committee, released the following statement about the Office of the Legislative Auditor’s report on the Board of Teaching and the Department of Education.

“The Legislative Auditor’s Report gives us strong and necessary recommendations on how to best streamline the teacher licensure process and provide pathways to put quality educators in Minnesota classrooms. Minnesota faces a teacher shortage and the current licensure structure has hampered our efforts to put appropriately licensed and qualified teachers in our schools. The OLA report gives us the appropriate recommendations to streamline the process and redesign the complicated relationship between the Board of Teaching and the Minnesota Department of Education without sacrificing teacher quality for our students,” said Wiger.

The Minnesota Senate Education Committee will discuss the OLA report and hear a bill that will begin the process of implementing the OLA recommendations.  The hearing will be held Thursday, March 10 at 8:30 am, in Room 1100 in the Minnesota Senate Building.

The Legislative Audit Commission recommended the audit after serious concerns were registered and lawsuits filed because of the complicated nature of Minnesota’s licensure structure.

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Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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