The bill would make it easier for schools to employ teachers without traditional education training who meet other criteria. Candidate requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 grade-point average, unless waived by the Board of Teaching; passing three tests including basic skills, pedagogy and content; participation in at least 200 hours of training; and ongoing professional development and supervision, including by a school site team.
“Dayton’s Education CommissionerBrenda Cassellius today said the current bill doesn’t do enough to ensure teacher quality in high schools. In aletter (PDF) to Senate Education Chairwoman Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, Cassellius is calling for “compromise language” governing teachers in the program. One requirement that Cassellius contemplates in her letter that is not in the House bill is requiring teachers in the program to have a major in the content area they teach.”