Colorado

May 20, 2010 10:41 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Gov. Ritter to sign teacher tenure legislation

Gov. Bill Ritter says he plans to sign a landmark change to education law that will require teachers to be judged on the performance of their students and put their jobs on the line if they fail.

The Colorado Education Association turned down an invitation from the governor to attend the bill signing on Thursday, saying members still have reservations about the changes.

Under the bill, teachers would be evaluated each year, with at least half of their ratings based on whether their students progressed during the school year.

Whether or not their students advance would affect whether they would lose tenure and the right to appeal dismissal that comes with it. Currently, teachers can earn tenure after three years in the classroom.

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