What training should a Minnesota teacher have? New licensure proposal ignites old debate

Mar 07, 2019

MinnPost, Taryn Phaneuf

An attempt to tweak Minnesota’s new teacher licensure system ignited an old debate this week over how much value to place on formal teacher preparation programs over alternative routes to becoming a teacher.

Opponents of House File 1329 say the proposal undermines efforts to address student achievement gaps and teacher shortages by hiring more teachers of color in the state – a well-placed blow since just days earlier, the House Education Policy Committee heard the Increase Teachers of Color Act (HF 824) that asks for more than $80 million over two years to fund grants, hiring bonuses, student loan forgiveness, and recruitment for teachers of color and American Indian teachers.

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