Teacher bill still pending at Colorado capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - A bill changing the way teachers earn and keep tenure is still pending as Colorado lawmakers wrap up their annual session.

The House Appropriations Committee backed the bill Monday despite doubts from some that the state will have enough money for new assessments to track the progress of students.

It still faces a vote in the full House and backers say they have the votes to pass it. A vote could come later in the day or Tuesday.

Under the bill, teachers would be evaluated each year with at least half their rating based on whether their students improve during the school year. Teachers with tenure would lose it if their students don't show progress two years in a row.

The Senate has approved the bill.
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