MN Senate Approves Bill Changing Teacher Lay Off Policy

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 6:46 am

The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would let schools lay off teachers based on performance.

The Associated Press reports the bill passed in a 36-26 vote. It would let school districts make layoff decisions based on teacher evaluations that consider student performance. Current state law requires that schools only consider teacher seniority.

Sen. Pam Wolf, a Republican who sponsored the bill, says it lets schools keep the most effective teachers.

Democrats expressed concern that the right evaluation tools are not in place. They said a state teacher evaluation system being developed needs more time.

The House passed a similar bill earlier this month.

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