Minnesota Senate DFL leaders said ending the state’s teacher shortage crisis is one of its priorities for the 2016 legislative session during a press conference today in St. Paul.
“This session we are prioritizing getting more high-quality teachers into the classroom,” said Sen. Chuck Wiger, chair of the Senate Education Committee.
Sen. Kevin Dahle is authoring the “Teacher Shortage Act” bill (SF 2513) — initiated by MSBA — which addresses the teacher shortage by offering loan forgiveness, grants to help pay for student teaching and incentives for teacher in high demand areas.
This bill will be heard 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100) in St. Paul.
“Last year, 56 percent of school districts said they would find hiring special education teachers ‘very difficult,’” Sen. Dahle said. “Schools across the state are struggling to find qualified applicants for a variety of positions — from math, science and special education to agriculture and career and tech ed. I am proud of the bill we’ve put together which addresses this statewide problem by attacking it on several fronts. By combining new grant money and loan forgiveness with greater investment in programs we know work already — I am confident we can ease the burdens on school districts.”
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