Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lawmakers abandon Calif. teacher evaluation bill - Sacramento Bee

State lawmakers failed to revive a controversial measure that would rewrite state rules on teacher evaluations, but supporters vowed to bring it up again in the next legislative session.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( http://lat.ms/RwfqnW) the long-dormant bill, AB 5, was resurrected in recent weeks by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar). It would institute a statewide uniform teacher evaluation system featuring more performance reviews, classroom observations, training of evaluators and public input into the review process.

Education advocates slammed the bill, especially the costs to financially strapped districts and the requirement to negotiate with unions on every element of evaluations.

Fuentes said there was not enough time for a public hearing on the last-minute changes proposed to address the concerns.

The Times reports more than 45 education, parent, civil rights and business organizations fought the bill.

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