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Dayton Signs Skills Test Requirement for Teachers

Governor Mark Dayton
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ST. PAUL  (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that requires teachers to pass a skills test in order to get a Minnesota license.

The Democratic governor signed the bill Wednesday. Dayton vetoed similar legislation last year, but a press release from his office says the new bill included changes sought by his administration.

The new law will require Minnesota teachers to pass a skills test in reading, writing and math before they receive a license. Current law allows licensed teachers to take and retake the test for up to three years. All out-of-state applicants for teacher licenses will have to pass the test as well.

Supporters say the measure will keep unqualified teachers out of the classroom. It passed the Senate and House with nearly unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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