Minn. House Takes Up Alternative Teacher Licensure

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House Education Reform Committee takes up what promises to be one of the most contentious education issues of the session, licensing teachers outside the existing process.

The committee hears testimony Thursday morning on a pair of bills that establish new ways for people to become teachers. Proponents say new pathways to the front of the classroom are needed to add diversity in the teaching ranks and to fill in shortages in some areas.

While there’s general agreement on making it easier for mid-career professionals to get into the classroom to share their expertise, there’s more controversy over easing restrictions on new college graduates who go through training programs like Teach for America.

The committee will consider two bills, one from a Republican and one from a Democrat.

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  • Susan Cassidy

    Even though “mid-career professionals” probably know their material, I question that they know what and more importantly, HOW, they need to relay the information to students of a completely different generation without getting the education themselves to educate youth.

  • Beth B

    I’m in agreement Susan – I really have no desire to have my kids taught by someone without a background in education, training in education and then the manner in which to convey things to youth.
    There may be some who are acceptable and capable but I suspect not many having worked 31 years in the private sector.
    You enter education because you desire and want to, not for the money you start at. You enter private sector for the wealth you can attin. Truly different worlds.
    Now if they elect to go back to scholl to retrain and such – great and all the power to them

  • Paul

    You are both right. Adequately teaching children is more then just knowing your material. It’s knowing to impart your knowledge upon them, while managing behavior problems at the same time.

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