Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensure moves forward with recommendations

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensure, co-chaired by Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) and Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton) will be discussing key recommendations next Thursday, July 21. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. in room 1200 of the Minnesota Senate Building. Study group members will begin by addressing the question of which agency is responsible for what activities involved in issuing teacher licenses.

The study group was formed after the Office of the Legislative Auditor released its findings on teacher licensure earlier this year. Over the years there has been much criticism from teaching candidates about the complexity of obtaining a license. This study group addresses some of the reasons behind Minnesota’s current teacher shortage, which has been labeled a crisis. The hope is that the study group will provide some clarity for the Board of Teaching and the Department of Education so that the two entities can better work together in the future. The agenda will include the following topics of discussion:

Key Legislative Recommendations

  • Clarify teacher-licensure statutes
  • Restructure teacher licenses
    • Consider a tiered-licensure system
  • Consolidate all teacher-licensure activities into one state agency

Governance Recommendations

  • Consolidate teacher-licensure activities into one state agency
    • Advantages/disadvantages
    • BoT best option
  • Clarify which agency responsible for what activities
  • Interagency agreements
  • Appropriate funding directly to BoT

Teacher-Licensure Recommendations

  • Clarify statutes
  • Consider tiered licensing
    • Clear expectations
    • Consistency
    • Flexibility
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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