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MA House Backs Teacher Evaluation Bill


The Massachusetts House has approved a measure calling on school districts to implement a new teacher evaluation system and place performance ahead of seniority in deciding future layoffs.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The legislation, which has already been approved by the Senate, resulted from a compromise struck between the Massachusetts Teachers Association and an advocacy group called Stand for Children that had proposed a statewide ballot question.

The organization has said it would be willing to drop the ballot initiative if the bill becomes law.

The measure would provide about $13 million for school districts to implement a new system for evaluating teachers developed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The bill must still be signed by Governor Deval Patrick before becoming law.

Lucas Willard, WAMC News. 

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.