MSBA’s Denise Dittrich to joint education committee: Board members want solutions to teacher shortage problem

Denise Dittrich — MSBA’s Associate Director of Government Relations — reminded the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee, the Minnesota House Education Innovation Policy Committee and the Minnesota Board of Teaching that school board members want them to find a solution to the statewide teacher shortage issue during a joint hearing Thursday, November 5, at the State Office Building in St. Paul.

Visit for a related story (“New teacher licensure rules presenting challenges, lawmakers hear”) and video footage from Session Daily. (Dittrich begins her testimony around the 56:40 mark of the video.)

Here are some highlights from Dittrich’s testimony:

“MSBA has conducted meetings with school board members and superintendents across the state to gather input from our members. The issue of teacher licensure as related to teacher shortage remains to be one of the top issues of concern.”

  • “School board members across the state reaffirmed their needs: 
  • Flexibility in the hiring and retaining high quality teachers;
  • Remove the barriers that prevent boards from hiring good people;
  • Simplify and streamline the process to employ highly qualified out of state licensed teachers so they may increase diversity in teaching force; and
  • In summary, asking legislature to find a solution to the teacher shortage issue — this is one of their highest priorities.”

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