Former Teacher's Union Boss and current DFL Representative, Josiah Hill, has proposed a plan that could further exacerbate the current teaching shortage. Hill's proposal, known as HF 1224, would strip hundreds of teachers in high-need areas like Minneapolis and St. Paul of their teaching certifications. These teachers would then have to undergo retraining to meet the woke standards endorsed by the Minnesota Teacher's Union - Education Minnesota.
Minnesota offers an alternative teaching licensure program that allows individuals with relevant job experience to earn their certification. However, those with real-world experience may not meet the indoctrination standards set by the left. Hill's proposal would effectively cut eligible teachers from the workforce until they undergo this retraining.
Minnesota's traditional licensure process requires that aspiring teachers use "anti-racist" instructional strategies. They are also required to create "an environment that ensures student identities such as race/ethnicity, national origin, language, sex and gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical/developmental/emotional ability, socioeconomic class, and religious beliefs are historically and socially contextualized, affirmed, and incorporated into learning."
Education Minnesota, the teacher's union supposedly backing this legislation, reports that 84% of schools in the state have been significantly impacted by the teaching shortage. Rather than making it easier for individuals to become teachers, as Florida has done, Hill's proposal would reduce the number of eligible teachers in Minnesota.
The ultimate goal of this proposal is to coerce the state legislature into paying more money to failing schools. By reducing the number of teachers available to teach, Education Minnesota can negotiate higher salaries for their union members.
Hill's proposal puts his own selfish interests above the needs of children and families in his district. Consider contacting your state legislators and tell them to look out for students, not academic bueuacracy. Alternatively, you may want to consider private school or homeschool co-op options as the State of Minnesota does not have your back.