Tennessee Legislature passes bill which will alter tenure rules of teachers

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March 31, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Last Thursday, a bill was passed through the Tennessee State House which requires that teachers work for five years to gain tenure, rather than the current three years. This bill also creates a way to remove tenure from teachers based on performance evaluation.[1]

The bill was proposed by Republican Governor Bill Haslam. The Republican majority in the Senate promoted the bill as a further attempt to improve the education system.

Opposition to some aspects of the bill is present in the Tennessee Education Association. The TEA represents 52,000 of Tennessee's 65,000 currently employed teachers. Director of governmental relations Jerry Winters states that, "The fact we don't exactly what we're dealing with in an evaluation system is problematic."[1] An evaluation system is supposed to be in place by this July.

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