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May 7, 2010 8:09 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

House panel backs teacher tenure bill

A proposal that would change the way teachers earn and keep job protections has passed its first test in the House.

The House Education Committee voted 7-6 to endorse the bill early Friday after a 10-hour hearing capped by vehement objections from some the former teachers on the panel. Democratic Rep. Judy Solano of Brighton says teachers have been made scapegoats for everything that's wrong with public education.

Democratic Rep. Mike Merrifield of Colorado Springs says the bill is an insult to teachers. Under the bill, teachers would earn the equivalent of tenure status if they've been effective for three years in a row. Teachers with tenure could lose that status if their students don't show progress for two consecutive years.

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