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July 14, 2006

Personnel licensing update from John Devine

Hello MAIN Friends,

I'm attaching a link below to a memo from Allan Hoffman who at the time
of this document was the head of the personnel licensing division of the
MN Department of Education. I was just made aware that there is a new
director effective yesterday when I called to contest a variance denial
(which was thankfully overturned by Dan Bittman who has consistently
been very helpful to us). I have not as yet had the need to use this
"new" license option, but it really sounds like the way to go if you
want to save the aggravation and time of filing variances, limited
licenses or community expert paperwork every year for three years. It
has some specific requirements to be met i.e. HOUSSE or Praxis II, but
those can be manageable in many instances. The one thing I don't know is
whether they would allow you to appeal for a fourth year as they do with
the variance and limited licenses. If you were already aware of this, I
apologize for cluttering your email box, but on the other hand I wanted
to be sure that you might know about this possibility. I hope you are
all enjoying a relaxing and rejuvenating summer.

Cut and paste the the link below in your internet address window:

http://education.state.mn.us/super/BOTnonrenw.doc

Best regards,
John Devine
Principal
Normandale French Immersion Elementary School
Edina Public Schools