Questions regarding the SPS system, Waivers, Nonlicensed Community Experts, Variance Appeals, and Limited Appeals should be directed to Heather Ward. For licensing questions including Personnel Variances for general education, contact Kat Anthony-Wigle. For questions regarding Personnel Variances for Special Education, contact Sue Koehler.
Minnesota school districts that are unable to hire a fully licensed teacher in a particular teaching assignment may be eligible for a special permission. Several special permissions require action by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board:
Nonlicensed Community Experts
Innovative Program Waivers
Discretionary Variance Requests
In order for the Board to take action on one of these requests, the application must be submitted 10 days prior to the Board meeting. This allows for internal processing and one week for Board members to review the materials in advance of their meeting. Submission deadlines for upcoming Board meetings are listed below.