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Teachers may be on the hot seatPosted Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at 6:57 AM
The Tennessee legislature will meet for a special session concerning proposed education changes, Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Tuesday.
The changes will qualify Tennessee for federal "Race to the Top" money.
According to the Associated Press, "The proposed changes include requiring teacher and principal performance evaluations to be based on data, to require tenure decisions to be made on those evaluations and to mandate annual teacher assessments."
"This is a requirement put on the table by the most liberal national administration of my adult lifetime," Bredesen said, adding he expects the Tennessee Education Associaton to complain.
But get this: State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, a Republican, supports the changes.
Political maneuvering aside (and I agree with Bredesen's "liberal" comment), good teachers deserve everything they can get and incompetent teachers need to be retrained or weeded out. Our future is at stake.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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