Teacher tenure bill up for first vote at capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - A proposal to tie teacher tenure to student performance faces its first vote at the state capitol.

The Senate Education Committee is set to hold a hearing on the bill Wednesday and decide whether to pass it on to the full Senate.

Only teachers whose students show improvement in the classroom would be able to earn and keep job protections. Tenure for principals would also be linked to student performance and whether they're supporting teachers.

Teachers have been lobbying lawmakers on the bill. They question how instructors in subject areas or grade levels that aren't subject to standardized tests can be fairly evaluated.

A panel appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter is supposed to work out the details about exactly how teachers will be evaluated.

The measure is Senate Bill 191.

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  • by Mari Location: Grand Junction on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    Teachers don't hold sole responsibility for students education, it is shared with parents. Our government is taking the desire for our young people to become teachers away. They now have to teach to the standardized tests in order to keep their schools in good standing. What that means is that if the student is short in reading or math, they will be pulled out of Social Studies or History classes to shore up their knowledge in the tested areas. All core classes are important and should not be sacrificed for tested classes.
  • by LL Location: GJ on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    This is taking the responsibility away from the parents. Quit making teachers completely responsible. The teachers can't make up for what the parents are not doing at home. I agree that there are teachers who shouldn't be in the classroom. There are also people who shouldn't be parents. Too many kids are learning government assistance as a way of life.
  • by Elisa on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    Thousands of parents, citizens, and community organizers also support this bill. They have signed a petition in support at http://www.greatteachersandleaders.org.
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