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Minnesota Must Process Teacher Licenses

A Ramsey County judge has ruled the Minnesota Board of Teaching broke the law when it stopped processing applications for teaching licenses through a portfolio system.

In a Dec. 31 ruling, District Judge Shawn Bartsh ordered the Board of Teaching to immediately begin processing applications for teaching licenses through the portfolio system it abandoned in 2012. Bartsh also wants Board of Teaching members to report to him Jan. 29 on their progress.

Teachers trained out-of-state or in alternative ways see Minnesota’s portfolio licensing system as an important tool for earning a permanent teaching license. Without the portfolio option, some candidates say its difficult to prove they have the proper credentials in a licensing system they argue is overly complex with unclear standards.