Minnesotans for Better Education, Standards and Testing

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12/30/2003

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:MARC H. DOEPNER-HOVE

Posted on Tue, Dec. 02, 2003
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

DOE surfing

You can learn a lot by visiting the Department of Education's Web site. For example, you can look up the members of the social studies standards committee and find out how many Minnesota K-12 teachers were included. In a different part of the Web site, you can look up the names of every person who has ever been issued a Minnesota teaching license. If you wanted, you could verify if the people listed by Cheri Yecke as K-12 teachers were licensed Minnesota K-12 teachers.

It should not be surprising that many of the people listed as K-12 teachers are not listed as ever holding a teaching license in Minnesota or had an expired license.

For example, the social studies sub-committee grades 3-5 lists three teachers, while only one has a valid Minnesota teaching license. In all, more than one-fourth of all listed social studies committee K-12 teachers either never had a Minnesota license, have an expired license or are licensed in another discipline other than social studies. So much for the "high standards" of Cheri Yecke in classifying members of her own committee. Maybe she should have used her own Web site to verify her information.

MARC H. DOEPNER-HOVE
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