Haslam proposal approved

By: Bridget Varley

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UTC The  Loop/ NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to make it tougher for Tennessee teachers to get — and keep — tenure has passed the House.

The measure was approved 65-32 Thursday. The companion bill in the Senate passed 21-12 earlier this month.

Lawmakers must now agree on minor changes to the legislation before it goes to the governor’s desk.

The proposal would require a teacher to be on the job five years instead of three to secure tenure and would create a way for job security to be revoked for poor teaching performance.

Opponents say the evaluation system for tenure isn’t in effect yet and that it has not been determined how best to rate educators whose subjects aren’t covered by the state’s value-added test scoring program.

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Online:

Read HB2012/SB1528 at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov

 

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