ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that creates a new method of obtaining teacher licenses.

The alternative licensing plan is aimed at meeting projected teacher shortages in the future. It’s designed to give Minnesota schools an infusion of new, mostly young teachers who don’t attend traditional teaching colleges, and help close an achievement gap between white and minority students that’s one of the worst in the country.

Critics say it will harm schoolchildren by making it too easy to become a teacher. But the bill the Senate passed Thursday reflects a compromise between Gov. Mark Dayton and bill sponsors, and it’s expected to get his signature.

The Senate passed the bill 46-19. The House is slated to vote on the bill later Thursday and send it on to Dayton.

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Comments (13)
  1. Use your common sense says:

    Teacher shortages?? I have many colleagues, family members and friends looking for precious few teaching jobs!!! COMMON SENSE PEOPLE!

    So lowering teacher standards will help raise achievement gaps?? COMMON SENSE PEOPLE!

    We had a president of a bank come and give a lesson at our school and it was horrible. She may have had experience in her field, but was a poor instructor.

    We need to raise teacher standards, not bend over backwards to accommodate programs such as “Teach for America.” Good grief!

    1. Common sense? says:

      Common sense to me is II would rather have someone who has done that someone who has taught.

      Parents aren’t motivating kids today and obviously the schools haven’t been able to do it, so lets let someone come in who has done it and hopefully been successful with it come in and motivate. How is it going to hurt?

    2. Tom says:

      Common Sense

      I agree with you. But common sense is not in the conservatives vocab!

      1. Common Sense says:

        I’m a conservative and feel that way…

        See who says that the left and right can’t get along.

  2. Richard Burbach says:

    Where do you think these new teachers with “alternative” credentials be teaching? … in schools with “minority” populations who lag in academic achievement. Do you think parents in high achieving mostly “white” schools would put up with these “mostly young” idealists teaching THEIR kids? That is precisely what is wrong with alternative licensure.

  3. Matt says:

    The Best teachers are parents – well at least they should be. If you don’t want to take part in your kids education, you should have never had them.

    1. Matt says:

      Different Matt, but completely agree.

      There are issues in schools, just like there are issues everywhere, but ultimately it’s the parent that will determine whether a majority of students make it or don’t.

      Personally, I think we need to look at the effects of social programs on parents and how that translates to children. What percent of children that are failing came from a home that was supported from a social program?

      It’s probably a majority, so how to do maneuver or eliminate social programs so it’s not negatively effecting the children?

      Why do we design social programs that support and encourage bad behaviors like giving a mom more money when she has more children? It’s a never ending cycle that can only be addressed when someone can stand up to the root of the problem.

      Personal responsibility, it’s a lost art.

  4. Nica says:

    Well, at least the people who have been posting about “bloated benefits” for teachers and how easy their job is can now easily get a license to do this dream job.
    I can’t wait …..they won’t last a week.

  5. why not says:

    Id like to teach. I am a 4.0 tech school grad, 1st in state mathematics comp, tutored algebra, trig and geometry. im going to look into this!

  6. let them have at it!!!!!!! says:

    Now, if this is really about middle management people that are tired of their jobs and “want to do something for the good”, they can also get used to being laid off each year and oh, by the way, no raises for at least 2 years. And they can find out how wealthy teachers get in their cushy jobs that make them only work 8 months (not) and only 30hours (not) a week.

  7. Murph says:

    Great! My rope company has an order for 20 sturdy ropes from Wisconsin, and Minnesota and Ohio trying to figure out how many they will need! What a windfall for us at Lynch Bros. Finally the GOP has made OUR business a little better!

  8. Tom says:

    For those who believe that is the answer too the problem live in fantasy land. Just because a person has a degree in a subject does not mean they are qualified too teach in the classroom. So if you don’t sit there with your thumb up your butt if you don’t get the results that you thought you were going too get. And also those who just think this a “teaching” problem there is another group of people you seem too be leaving out and those people are the “parents”.

  9. Jon says:

    I can’t believe how education is treated in this country. It is like politicians all want people to be dumb sheep followers when they get out of high school….oh wait….

    Home schooling or private schooling for my kids. That is for sure.

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