Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have reached agreement on an alternative teacher licensure bill.
Dayton sent a letter today to the chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees about the measure, which has already been passed by both chambers. The DFL governor said he plans to sign the new compromise.
“While Commissioner Cassellius and I do not agree with every provision in the legislation, after much give and take on both sides, we accept those differences in order to accomplish our shared objective: to pass reforms that will close the achievement gap and raise the educational standard for all Minnesota school children,” Dayton wrote.
Dayton said the compromise creates a true alternative pathway program to address projected teacher shortages, assures well-prepared teaching candidates with content expertise and increases teacher diversity.