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In 2012, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring all teacher candidates to pass a Basic Skills test prior to licensing. The governor signed the law in February. Here you can follow some of the activity that has resulted from the passage of this law.
Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center in Minneapolis hosted a meeting on Monday, June 25 where educators discussed the impact of a new Basic Skills Test on licensure candidates, in particular non-native speakers of English. Representatives from urban, suburban, public, and charter schools were present along with officials from the Minnesota Department of Education and interested community members.
From left in photo: Karen Balmer, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Teaching; Richie Kucinski, MAIN Board Member; Ursula Lentz, World Language Coordinator at MDE; Robert Raymond, PhD Candidate, NYU. See more photos of the meeting in our Immersion News section.