Education commissioner Brenda Cassellius continues to have concerns about alternative-teacher-licensure proposals that have passed the House and Senate. In a second letter this week to Sen. Gen Olson, chair of the Education committee, Casselius again cites worries about teachers having adequate preparation in the subject area they intend to teach.
“The simple fact is that teachers can’t teach what they don’t know,” Casselius writes.
Gov. Mark Dayton‘s Education commissioner also raises concerns that the bill doesn’t require alternative-teaching programs to be connected with a higher education institution. “It is essential that non-profit start-ups partner with colleges of education to ensure the integrity of the licenses issued upon the completion of the programs and a consistent, reliable standard of preparedness among teacher candidates,” Cassellius writes.
Here’s the letter.