Apr 30, 2010 8:21 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado teacher tenure bill passes initial vote

A proposal to hold teachers and principals accountable for the performance of their students has passed an initial vote in the state Senate.

The bill passed a voice vote Thursday evening. It must pass another vote before it can be sent to the House. A handful of Democrats joined with Republicans to reject attempts to give teachers greater ability to challenge bad evaluations.

Other Democrats said such appeal rights would help wary teachers support the dramatic change lawmakers are making in education law. A proposal to allow a lack of parental involvement to be factored into evaluations was also defeated.

Democratic Sen. Michael Johnston said the state shouldn't lower expectations for children because of their background.


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