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ST. PAUL – Last week the K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee held a hearing on State Representative Carlos Mariani's bill (HF3093) on establishing an alternative teacher preparation program and limited-term teacher license.
The bill directs the Board of Teaching to approve teacher preparation programs to allow qualified candidates to acquire a two-year limited-term license and to prepare for a standard entrance license. “Establishing a two-year limited-term teaching license under legislative authority would target districts and charter schools where there is a teacher shortage, a demonstrated achievement gap or where existing teaching staff does not reflect the racial or cultural student population," said State Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair of the K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee. “The idea is to attract new and different types of teachers with diverse backgrounds and skills while ensuring we keep quality standards very high in our schools.”
Strong testimony in support of the bill came from the Minneapolis Public School District, several charter schools, and various education leaders in communities of color. The bi-partisan bill enjoys strong support that is shared across Minnesota corporate businesses, philanthropic foundations and non-profit organizations. Rep. Mariani referred to national studies that point to successful student outcomes connected to high quality alternative pathways to teacher licensure. HF3093 was approved by the committee and will now go the House Floor.