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Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensure

Active dates:2016 - February 2, 2017
Function: The study group on teacher licensure is created to review the 2016 report prepared by the Office of the Legislative Auditor on the Minnesota teacher licensure program and submit a written report by February 1, 2017, to the legislature recommending how to restructure Minnesota's teacher licensure system by consolidating all teacher licensure activities into a single state entity to ensure transparency and consistency or, at a minimum, clarify existing teacher licensure responsibilities to provide transparency and consistency.

In developing its recommendations, the study group must consider the tiered licensure system recommended in the legislative auditor's report, among other recommendations. The study group must identify and include in its report any statutory changes needed to implement the study group recommendations.

In reviewing the legislative auditor's report and developing its recommendations, the study group must consult with interested and affected stakeholders, including representatives of the Board of Teaching, Minnesota Department of Education, Education Minnesota, MinnCAN, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota Rural Education Association, Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Minnesota Private College Council, Minnesota School Boards Association, Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association, Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Board of School Administrators, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, Minnesota Association of Educators, and Minnesota Teach For America, among other stakeholders.
History: The study group held its first meeting Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the State Office Building. The final meeting of the LSGEL was held on December 20th, 2016. At that meeting, recommendations were adopted that described a broad framework in which further legislative action could be pursued. Meeting minutes are included in the report below.

The study group expires February 2, 2017, unless extended by law.
Membership: 12-members: the legislative study group on educator licensure includes:
(1) six duly elected and currently serving members of the house of representatives, three appointed by the speaker of the house and three appointed by the house minority leader, and one of whom must be the current chair of the house of representatives Education Innovation Policy Committee; and
(2) six duly elected and currently serving senators, three appointed by the senate majority leader and three appointed by the senate minority leader, one of whom must be the current chair of the senate Education Committee.

Only duly elected and currently serving members of the house of representatives or senate may be study group members. The appointments must be made by June 1, 2016, and expire February 2, 2017.

Co-chairs are Representative Sondra Erickson and Senator Chuck Wiger.
As of June, 2016, members appointed are: Representatives Christensen, Davnie, Loon, Mariani and Yarusso; Senators Clausen, Dahle, Dahms, Housely and Pratt.
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2016.
Record last updated: 03/21/2017

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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