ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that requires teachers to pass a skills test in order to get a Minnesota license.

The Democratic governor signed the bill Wednesday. Dayton vetoed similar legislation last year, but a press release from his office says the new bill included changes sought by his administration.

The new law will require Minnesota teachers to pass a skills test in reading, writing and math before they receive a license. Current law allows licensed teachers to take and retake the test for up to three years. All out-of-state applicants for teacher licenses will have to pass the test as well.

Supporters say the measure will keep unqualified teachers out of the classroom. It passed the Senate and House with nearly unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans.

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Comments (23)
  1. b1tchesaintsh1t says:

    This is good. They should also pass a law to make republicans get their heads checked before commenting!

  2. Bert says:

    The teacher’s unions aren’t going to like this.

    What did he think he was signing?

    1. Grynch says:

      They’re not going to like being tested on their BASIC skills? Why not?

      1. G Dog says:

        It is insulting.

    2. ez says:

      I don’t see why not. There was unanimous support in both houses so I really don’t see why anyone would oppose this bill.

  3. Kevin says:

    OH MY GOD!!! What an evil man! He hates our children! He hates Unions! He hates public schools! He is SATIN!!!! He has been having lunch with Gov Walker!!!!

    1. michelle says:

      He’s Satin???? While I prefer silk, nothing wrong with satin.

      1. ez says:

        Lol, I hope Kevin is not a teacher or he won’t pass the license test.

  4. G Dog says:

    Duz this meen my chillds’ teecher getz a rayse for pasing the tesst?

    1. Grynch says:

      It means the teacher gets canned for not passing the test, rightfully so.

      1. ez says:

        No it does not, it means that they can’t get a license. Those who already have a license get grandfathered in.

        1. chinwhiskers says:

          Better read the story again, Grandma.

  5. Dave says:

    So….they didn’t already have to do this? Wow.

  6. Graduate says:

    The publik skool teechers taut me reel good.

    1. DAVE says:


      bravo sir for an original concept

    2. G Dog says:

      Graduate was busy smoking joints when he skipped school, so it is the teacher’s fault that he is an illiterate burnout.

  7. chinwhiskers says:

    The law allows currently licensed teachers to take & retake the test for up to 3 years… and if they don’t learn how to read by then, then what? A promotion to administration?

  8. getaclue says:

    You got to be kidding. Do you really think after getting a college degree that teachers do not know their basic skills? This is a solution to a nonproblem. It’s also a way to get more money…yes…it will cost around $100 or more to take it. I can think of a lot of issues to be concerned with in teaching, this isn’t even on my top 100 list!

  9. G Dog says:

    Another red herring from the Republicans who continue to avoid their promise to “create jobs”.

    What’s next? Doctors who have to take an anatomy test? Dentists who have to be able to identify teeth? “Right to Work” boosters who have to prove they can identify french fries??

  10. G Dog says:

    Here’s a better idea.

    In order to get a driver’s license, you have to take a test of reading, writing and math.

    You wouldn’t want people who can’t pass a basic skills test driving next to you on the freeway, would you?

  11. Ethan says:

    go to the minnesota teacher licensure web page and look at the sample test for basic skills if you are curious.