Back to Basics for Minn. Teachers

Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 11:42 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Aspiring teachers in Minnesota might be going back to school under a new state law that no longer gives them three years to pass a basic reading, writing, and math test as a requirement for certification. 
 
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the law — which takes effect today — passed with the overwhelming support of both Republicans and Democrats and did not raise any objections from teachers’ unions.

“We want the new teachers, that are going to work side by side with the current great teachers that we have, to be as well-qualified and well-prepared as we can,” said Republican state Sen. Ted Daley. “It is a tangible step in the right direction.”

The Star-Tribune said under the old law, would-be public school teachers who failed the college-level exam could still get a three-year provisional license to teach until they could pass the test for official certification.

The paper also noted that the new law — like the old law — does not require private school teachers to pass the reading, writing, and arithmetic test.

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