MSBA Executive Director to testify today at credentialing hearing

MSBA Executive Director to testify today at credentialing hearing

MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind is scheduled to testify on behalf of public school boards TODAY at a Joint Higher Education Committee hearing concerning the Higher Learning Commission’s intent to implement additional credentialing standards on high school faculty.

The hearing is slated for TODAY — 1 p.m. Thursday, October 8 — in Room 200 of the Minnesota State Office Building (located at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in St. Paul).

Members are encouraged to visit http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/mnhouse.asx at that time to view a live Webcast of this hearing.

MSBA is concerned chiefly which the following language from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which would affect our school districts’ Concurrent Enrollment programs:

“If a faculty members holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline or subfield other than that in he or she is teaching, the faculty should have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield in which they teach.”

In a letter sent last month to the HLC, Schneidawind wrote:

“Your approach will negatively impact all of our students — especially our high school students. This proposed policy will threaten the ability in many school communities to offer these highly successful research-based courses. More importantly, school districts want challenging academic options for their students in order to prepare their students to be ready for college or a career. … We urge the Higher Learning Commission to stop the implementation of those credentialing standards until input is taken from users of Concurrent Enrollment programs.”

Sen. Terri Bonoff and Rep. Bud Nornes will co-chair this hearing.

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