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Minnesota Bill Would Tighten Teaching Licensure for Criminal Offenders

By February 12, 2018 No Comments

“A state representative has pre-filed a bill meant to keep more people with criminal pasts from obtaining a state license to work or teach in Minnesota schools,” reports ABC News. The bill seems to stem from a November news investigation into the criminal records of several Minnesota teachers. At that time, the head of the Board of Teaching explained that the board follows relevant statues and also considers “…the seriousness of the crime, when it occurred…or if there’s a pattern of conduct.” Rep. Kelly Fenton’s bill would eliminate such considerations and prohibit the licensure of teachers with certain offenses.