MN Senate Approves Bill Changing Teacher Lay Off Policy
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.