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On Wednesday, March 11 at 8 a.m., the Senate Education Committee will hold its first hearing on S.F. 559, which would require the Board of Teaching to articulate and consistently apply reasonable licensure requirements for out-of-state teachers moving to Minnesota.

Many educators and school administrators contend that the Board of Teaching has not yet implemented a 2011 law meant to streamline out-of-state licensure, and that the current system remains confusing and inconsistent, and does not honor teachers’ professional experiences in other states.

Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-57), the bill’s lead author and a former public school teacher and principal, has stated that S.F. 559 would, “empower Minnesota school leaders to recruit experienced out-of-state teachers to fill hard-to-staff positions, increase educator diversity and, most importantly, help Minnesota children thrive.” The bill’s authors include Sen. Clausen, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-01), Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-30), Sen. Eric Pratt (R-55) and Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL-44).

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 8 a.m.
WHERE: Room 112 of the Minnesota State Capitol
WHAT: State Senate Education Committee Hearing on S.F. 559
WHO: School leaders seeking to hire out-of-state teacher candidates; experienced, successful educators who have been denied licenses

For more information, contact Ariana Kiener: 612-666-3066 or ariana.kiener@minncan.org.

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About MinnCAN: Launched in 2011, MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now is an education advocacy nonprofit. MinnCAN is a movement of nearly 12,000 Minnesotans dedicated to creating the political will to enact smart public policies to ensure that every Minnesota child has access to a great public school. Learn more at www.minncan.org.


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