Changes to the way teachers are evaluated pass Michigan Senate

By cori

LANSING, MI — Changes to the way teachers are evaluated made it through the Michigan Senate Wednesday afternoon with a few adjustments and despite bipartisan opposition.

Senate Bill 103 passed the upper chamber 22-15 with five Republicans joining the 10 Senate Democrats in voting against the measure.

The bill decreases in the percentage student growth will play into a teacher's evaluation. In the first year, 25 percent of a teacher's evaluation will be based on student growth and, in the years after that, that percentage would increase to 40 percent. The bill is scheduled to take effect for the 2017-18 school year.

The rest of the teacher's evaluation would be based on the teacher's evaluation as measured by a model chosen by their school district. State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, is the primary sponsor of the bill and he said this would allow more local control.

"We know it'll work locally, we have confidence in our leaders at the local level," Pavlov told reporters on Tuesday, before it was voted on by the Senate. "Less Lansing is better when it comes to evaluation."

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