Op-ed: The barriers to hiring good teachers have been removed

Jun 16, 2017

Star Tribune, Kathryn Green

As a school board member, there is nothing more frustrating than having to turn away or let go of an educator we know is effective and leaving a teaching position unfilled. This leads to classes and programs being cut, to the school year starting without teachers in the classroom, and to teachers having to leave their posts even though they’ve proven themselves as great educators — and even though school leaders and students want them to stay.

Yet this is what happens under Minnesota’s current teacher licensure system; it is students who suffer most.

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