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Mark Dayton Vetoes Teacher Licensing Overhaul Bill

A long-anticipated overhaul of how Minnesota licenses teachers was thrown into doubt Thursday when Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the legislation and asked lawmakers to improve their proposal.

In a letter explaining his veto, Dayton echoed criticisms of the legislation that fellow Democrats and teachers union leaders said were fatal flaws. The move came as a shock to Republicans who argued the bill was a bipartisan improvement to the often-criticized current system.

“We’ve been blindsided by this veto and that’s very disappointing after the thousand hours we spent working on this,” said Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, who was chief sponsor of the bill in the House.