Va. teacher evaluation bill clears final hurdle

Va. teacher evaluation bill clears final hurdle

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A teacher writes on the blackboard during class in a primary school in Berlin December 7, 2010. The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked Germany in the middle field for reading skills and above the OECD-average for mathematics and natural sciences. Teenagers from the Chinese city of Shanghai have the best education in the world, according to the major international study. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

RICHMOND (AP) -- A bill to revamp teacher evaluation and grievance procedures has won final passage after an unsuccessful last-ditch attempt to amend it.
 
The measure is part of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform package. The House voted 75-25 Wednesday to pass the bill and send it to McDonnell for his signature.
 
The bill allows school boards to extend teacher probationary periods from three years to five. It also requires annual evaluations and says teachers can be fired after one bad appraisal.
 
Democratic Del. Jeion Ward is a middle school teacher and president of the Hampton Federation of Teachers. She said one negative evaluation should not result in a teacher's firing. But on a voice vote, the House rejected her amendment to allow a firing only after a second bad evaluation.

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