Arizona Senate approves new teacher evaluations

Arizona Senate approves new teacher evaluations

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has passed a bill that would make it easier to fire some low-performing teachers.
 
House Bill 2500 would allow experienced teachers to be placed on probationary status if they received the lowest rating on one yearly performance review. That status allows a school board to fire a teacher with little notice.
 
The Senate voted 19-11 to pass the bill on Tuesday, nearly two works after rejecting the legislation.
 
The Senate voted 14-15 against the measure on April 4, with two Republicans joining all 13 Senate Democrats in rejecting the bill.
 
The Republican-led House passed the bill in a 50-7 vote in February.
 
Critics say an overhaul of evaluations passed last year still isn't fully implemented and lawmakers should allow that to happen before passing additional changes.

For more information on HB 2500: www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2500&Session_ID=110

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