Lawmakers, Union fight over teacher sanctions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - A proposed new teacher tracking system that some see as the key to getting millions in extra stimulus money has gotten bogged down because of a fight between state lawmakers who back education reform and the Teacher's Union.
At issue is a plan to set up a way to track teachers and principals as they move from school to school, and to see how their students perform.
The measure (House Bill 1065) passed the house as a small pilot program with the backing of the Colorado Education Association, which represents about 38,000 teachers in the state. Now backers in the Senate hope to tap federal stimulus money to implement the program statewide and allow districts to use the information to sanction educators.
The Colorado Education Association, however, opposes allowing sanctions.
A vote has been delayed for several weeks, but Republican Sen. Nancy Spence hopes to make the changes Thursday in the Senate Education Committee, with the backing of Senate President Peter Groff, a democrat.
Groff says every other profession has ways of evaluating its workers.
But the CEA says the state has a bad track record of unfairly taking data like test scores and comparing schools without taking into account differences like class size and the number of at-risk
students.
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