Teach for America trainees get Minn. approval

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s Board of Teaching has approved teacher’s license waivers for some Teach for America members, but is warning the group to develop a more formal route to alternative licenses.

The Board of Teaching met Friday and approved license waivers for 15 trainees in the Teach for America program, which will allow them to lead classrooms this fall.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that board members repeatedly warned Teach for America that the path they’re using to get into classrooms cannot be permanent (http://bit.ly/1bSFuJX).

Teach for America was set up to provide a path to the classroom for people with bachelor’s degrees but who don’t want to spend another year obtaining a teaching degree. The group’s director told the board she hopes to submit a new licensing proposal to the Legislature by the end of the year.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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