Education

MBP Letter: Senate File 429

We are writing to express our strong concerns with SF 429, and ask that it not be approved by the Senate Education Committee. SF 429 would repeal the requirement that teachers graduating from Minnesota teacher preparation programs, and teachers coming from another state must pass basic skills exams in reading, writing and math before they enter a classroom. Only nine states don’t require prospective teachers to pass basic skills...

Charlie Weaver: A high school diploma shouldn’t be a lump of coal

Today, a joke is being played out in the form of our state's education policy -- and the surprise could be something much crueler than getting socks for Christmas. The gift our students deserve when they graduate from high school is a diploma indicating that they're ready for postsecondary education. Increasingly, that is not what they're getting. ...