on June 06, 2014 at 6:02 PM, updated June 06, 2014 at 7:09 PM
A bill making its way through the House is meant to let administrators decide which teachers to lay off based on performance.
The House Education Committee approved legislation earlier this week that would phase out the practice of furloughing teachers based on seniority, forbidding schools from making such an agreement with unions.
Instead, school districts would base those decisions on teacher performance in a uniform rating system currently being implemented in Pennsylvania schools.
The system evaluates teachers based on students’ grades and standardized test scores, changes in individual students’ performance over time and teacher observation, among other measures.
But having gone through the rigors of this system for the first time this year, Mary Wills has some reservations about using the mostly untried new method to decide who stays and who goes.
Full story: Proposal to base teacher furloughs on performance gets mixed reactions from educators Gideon Bradshaw, The Patriot News, 6/6/14