Senate Education Committee approves teacher evaluations, 5-year tenure

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On Tuesday, members of the Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs approved the landmark education bill from Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston). With its approval by the committee, the legislation is now slated to go before the full Senate

SB316, also known as the Preparing and Rewarding Educational Professionals (PREP) Act, sets up a procedure for evaluating teachers based on student surveys, classroom observation and student achievement. Further, the bill establishes a five-year track for tenure, upending the previous three-year track, and allows for teachers’ tenure to be revoked if satisfactory observations aren’t achieved.

The PREP Act is a reworking of the long-rumored RAISE Act, which Marsh has noted was never even introduced but caused quite a stir among teachers and education officials.

“Major education reforms are never easy,” Marsh said in a news release. “Those who maintain the status quo will stop at nothing to keep it, but in the end, a majority of members of the Committee agreed that this is the right thing to do. I look forward to seeing this piece of legislation on the floor.”

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