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Senate sends teacher testing bill to Gov. Dayton

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Senate has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill requiring teachers to pass a skills test.

The bill requires Minnesota teachers to pass a basic skills test in reading, writing and math before they receive a teaching license. Current law allows licensed teachers to take and retake the test for up to three years. The bill would also require all out-of-state teaching license applicants to pass the test.

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Supporters have said the measure will keep unqualified teachers out of the classroom. The Senate passed the bill in a 60-1 vote. Last week the House passed the bill unanimously.

Bill sponsor Sen. Ted Daley says the governor's office has seemed open to the bill. Dayton has not taken a public stance on it yet.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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