Minn. House unanimously passes bill for tougher teacher skills test requirement

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 22, 2012 - 3:50 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota House has unanimously passed a bill that would require teachers to pass a basic skills test before getting a teacher's license.

Republican bill sponsor Andrea Kieffer says the legislation would keep unqualified teachers out of the classroom. Current law allows teachers to hold a provisional license for three years while continuing to retake the test.

The companion bill hasn't received a vote in the full Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton has not yet taken a public stance on the bill.

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