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Teachers now have three years to pass a test of basic skills, but Rep. Andrea Kieffer of Woobury describes a bill Monday that would require them to pass the test before being given a license to teach in the state. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Minn. House: Teachers need to pass test before entering classrooms


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota teachers should know basic reading, writing and math skills before taking over classrooms, a bill the House unanimously passed Monday declares.

Current law gives new teachers three years to pass the basic skills test, allowing them to teach students during that time.

Before a 132-0 vote in favor of her bill, Rep. Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury, said "we all agree we need to raise the bar for teacher candidates."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.