Policy 424 - License Status

Revised: April 16, 2017

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that qualified teachers are employed by the school district and to fulfill its duty to ascertain the licensure status of its teachers. A school board that employs a teacher who does not hold a valid teaching license or permit places itself at risk for a reduction in state aid. This policy does not negate a teacher’s duty and responsibility to maintain a current and valid teaching license.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

A. A qualified teacher is one holding a valid license to perform the particular service for which the teacher is employed by the school district.

B. No person shall be a qualified teacher until that person has filed for record with the superintendent of the school district a license, or a copy thereof, authorizing that person to teach school in the school district and perform the particular service for which the teacher is employed by the school district.

C. The school district has a duty to ascertain the licensure status of its teachers and ensure that the school district’s teacher license files are up to date. The school district shall establish a procedure for annually reviewing its teacher license files to verify that every teacher’s license is current and appropriate to the particular service for which the teacher is employed by the school district.

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. §122A.16 (Highly Qualified Teacher Defined)
  • Minn. Stat. §122A.22 (District Verification of Teacher Licenses)
  • Minn. Stat. §122A.40, Subd. 13 (Employment; Contracts; Termination- Immediate Discharge)
  • Minn. Stat. §127A.42 (Reduction of Aid for Violation of Law)
  • Vettleson v. Special Sch. Dist. No. 1, 361 N.W.2d 425 (Minn.App. 1985)
  • Lucio v. School Bd. of Independent Sch. Dist. No. 625, 574 N.W.2d 737 (Minn.App. 1998)
  • In the Matter of the Proposed Discharge of John R. Statz (Christine D. Ver Ploeg), June 8, 1992, affirmed, 1993 WL 129639 (Minn. App. 1993)

Adopted: May 27, 2003
Reviewed: May 15, 2015
Revised: April 16, 2017