Aspiring Teachers May Soon Have to Take An Exam of Their Own

By KBJR News 1

Aspiring Teachers May Soon Have to Take An Exam of Their Own

February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- After a 132-0 vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives, those who aspire to become a teacher in Minnesota could soon be required to take a basic skills exam before they even enter the classroom.

Current state laws allow those who have taken teacher preparation courses to receive up to three one-year licenses without passing a basic skills exam.

Sponsor of the bill Representative Andrea Kieffer (R - Woodbury) believes this bill will increase the quality of teachers in Minnesota.

Representative Mark Buesgens (R - Savage) offered an amendment to the bill that would require that those who are considering taking teacher preparation courses should take the exam before entering into those courses. However, his proposed amendment was dropped because supporters of the bill said aspiring teachers still have much to learn in college before they can take the basic skills exam.

The bill now goes to the State Senate where Senator Ted Daley (R - Eagan) is the sponsor.

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