This video shows why Rep. Jeff Howe is a rising star in the GOP:
Rep. Howe’s weekly update highlights the fact that Gov. Dayton praised the work that the GOP Legislature did the last 2 years:
According to our Department of Employment and Economic Development, there are over 72,000 more jobs available in Minnesota today than when I took office two years ago. Almost 52,000 of those jobs were added in the past year.
That isn’t because we passed a DFL-friendly budget. It’s because the GOP legislature passed a host of pro-business reforms while they were the majority party. Speaking of reforms, now that Tom Dooher is the de facto chair of the K-12 financing and policy committee, he wants to gut teacher licensure reforms. The current law requires that teachers must “pass a basic skills examination in reading, writing, and mathematics as a condition for receiving a teaching license.”
That’s a pretty straightforward set of requirements for getting a teaching license. It’s objective, which means it’s quantifiable and verifiable. Here’s what
Rep. John Ward proposes to change that to: Tom Dooher
(b) The board must adopt rules to approve teacher preparation programs. The board, upon the request of a postsecondary student preparing for teacher licensure or a licensed graduate of a teacher preparation program, shall assist in resolving a dispute between the person and a postsecondary institution providing a teacher preparation program when the dispute involves an institution’s recommendation for licensure affecting the person or the person’s credentials. At the board’s discretion, assistance may include the application of chapter 14.
(c) The board must provide the leadership and adopt rules for the redesign of teacher education programs to implement a research based, results-oriented curriculum that focuses on the skills teachers need in order to be effective. The board shall implement new systems of teacher preparation program evaluation to assure program effectiveness based on proficiency of graduates in demonstrating attainment of program outcomes. Teacher preparation programs including alternative teacher preparation programs under section 122A.245, among other programs, must include a content-specific, board-approved, performance-based assessment that measures teacher candidates in three areas: planning for instruction and assessment; engaging students and supporting learning; and assessing student learning.
It’s apparent that the DFL is intent on gutting the GOP’ reforms to teacher licensure. They’re intent on raising taxes on all Minnesotans, too. Additionally, they’ve proposed raising spending at a reckless rate. As Rep. Howe said in the video, what was passed is working. Doing a 180 at this point is foolish.
That won’t stop the DFL from paying off their special interest allies. It just means that the DFL, including Gov. Dayton, will own their track record of economic failure. That record of failure will be their epitaph.
Rep. Howe is making his mark by simply making sensible statements and listening to his constituents. Rest assured that he’s a rising star in the Minnesota GOP.