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Governor Dayton signs bill requiring teachers to pass basic skills exam

February 22, 2012

Today, Governor Mark Dayton signed HF 1770 into law, requiring teacher candidates to pass a basic skills exam in order to receive a Minnesota teaching license.  Current law requires Minnesota colleges and universities that offer a teacher preparation program to provide remedial assistance and academic support to teacher candidates that do not pass the basic skills exam

Last year, Governor Dayton vetoed an earlier version of this bill; the current bill includes changes made through negotiations between the legislature, the Dayton Administration, and key stakeholder groups.

The legislature has now been in session this year for almost a month, and still has not passed the Governor’s Jobs Proposal, which will put tens of thousands of Minnesotans back to work.