Expanding the Pool of Teachers Policy
The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Although it does not limit the usage of its alternate route, Minnesota does place restrictions on providers.
Minnesota passed new legislation in March 2011 that allows for the creation of new teacher training programs. School districts or charter schools may create and implement a teacher training program; however, it must be in partnership with a college or university. Nonprofit providers are prohibited from operating an alternate route independently. A school district may partner with a nonprofit only after the district has consulted with a college or university.
Minnesota is commended for having no restrictions on the usage of its alternate route with regard to subject, grade or geographic areas.
Minnesota Administrative Code Sec 4 122A.245
Encourage diversity of alternate route providers.
Minneosta should specifically authorize alternate route programs run by local school districts and nonprofits, as well as institutions of higher education. Districts should be able to provide training without a required partnership with colleges and universities. For example, districts may want to provide training in a specific curriculum, something that most colleges and universities are reluctant to do.
Minnesota recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. However, the state asserted that education-related nonprofit organizations are allowed to operate alternate route programs. Minnesota contended that "the law requires consultation with a Minnesota college or university but the development and ownership of the program may rest outside of higher education."