Office of the Legislative Auditor says MN teacher licensure system is “broken”

/ 4 March 2016 / Shawna

Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor released a report today that “found that teacher licensure laws are complex, unclear, and confusing.” The report highlights how “accountability is diffuse” and “decision making is not always transparent” between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Board of Teaching (BOT). The report contains 14 recommendations and responses from the MDE and the BOT. Christopher Magan of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press writes, “Legislators tried to streamline the licensing system in 2011 and 2015, but critics have said the teaching board has not moved quickly enough or always acted in the spirit of the law.” Solvejg Wastvedt from MPR News highlights that MDE and the BOT agree with many of the recommendations.