Minnesota Teacher Licensing Rule Changes

Gov. Tim Walz’s Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) proposed amendments to the rules governing teacher licensure in Minnesota. These changes are expected to go into effect on July 1, 2024.

Unfortunately, the approved changes politicize teacher training requirements, using language that is clearly ideological, not academic — from Critical Race Theory and identity politics to gender ideology.

The rule changes drew overwhelming public opposition from teachers, education specialists, parents, legal centers, and many others. There is concern these changes will exacerbate the teacher shortage, for example, by discouraging aspiring educators from entering the profession out of fear their religious liberties will be infringed upon.

Now, educators, parents, and teacher preparation providers are wondering how these changes will impact their profession, careers, and their children’s classrooms, as ambiguity around enforcement and who all will be impacted remains.

Here’s what you need to know about the rule changes to the Standards of Effective Practice.

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