Teacher licensure and preparation

Minnesota’s shortage of practicing and prospective teachers is real – and it will only get worse if the Legislature fails to respond with policies that attract and retain more educators, particularly teachers of color.

In 2017, the Legislature used this very real teacher shortage it created as a pretext to ram through an overhaul of the teacher licensure system that corporate-backed groups had wanted for years.

Let’s improve the Tiered Licensure Law so it can both honor teacher preparation and recognize different pathways into teaching, while allowing districts to use the system as a vehicle to elevate teachers, support them through their career and keep them in the classroom.

Learn more: Teacher licensure and preparation issue brief

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