Senate E-12 Committee Responds to Duluth Teacher Concerns

ST. PAUL, MINN – The Minnesota Senate’s E-12 Education Committee is responding to a group of Duluth school teachers who are concerned about unprepared students who continue to pass grade levels. Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), Chair of the committee, plans on introducing legislation on Monday that would require school districts to create a public grade promotion or retention policy.

This move comes in response to a group of 24 teachers from Denfeld High School who wrote to their school district administrators and school board members asking that students be required to achieve actual passing grades before being passed on to the next class or grade level.

“Our goal as a state is to educate and prepare students to become the World’s Best Workforce. When schools are passing unprepared students onto the next grade level, that’s not doing anyone any good,” said Sen. Wiger. “When I hear about tenth grade students who can’t write a complete sentence that really opens my eyes to a problem.”

The bill will be introduced and then reviewed by the Senate Education Committee in the coming weeks.

If you have questions or concerns on this bill, please contact Sen. Wiger at

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