Colorado may tweak teacher tenure rules

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) Colorado's new teacher tenure system is under the microscope at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are expected to consider changing provisions some teachers say aren't legal.

The House Education Committee is starting work Monday on a bill to prevent school districts from being able to circumvent firing and layoff requirements by placing educators on permanent unpaid leave if no principal wants to hire them.

Teachers say the provision allows school district to improperly place experienced teachers on unpaid leave even though they have good evaluations.

The provision is part of a statewide teacher-grading system that could lead to some teachers losing tenure. After several years of testing, the effectiveness ratings began for all 178 Colorado school districts this school year.

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