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Cultural competency can be required for new Minnesota teacher licenses, judge rules


December 7, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

Students walked through the skyway of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

The state agency that licenses Minnesota teachers can require new educators to demonstrate cultural competency in teaching before they are certified to work in the state's public schools, a judge has ruled.

Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) officials say they sought to include cultural competency training for newly licensed teachers so educators are better equipped to teach the state's increasingly diverse student population.

Although the majority of the agency's proposed updates fall within its authority, Administrative Law Judge James Mortenson said officials must revise or remove sections that dictate what material teachers use in the classroom.


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