Editor's Note: Put priority on teacher evaluations

By mcee

The Legislature really needs to put a priority on approving a statewide teacher evaluation. It's something lawmakers failed do last session, and it is an important piece to finishing education reforms that began in 2011.

After the initial reforms to teacher tenure passed, lawmakers called for a council of experts to put together a blueprint evaluation that would be a fair assessment of a teacher's work. That council submitted its recommendations to the Legislature a year and half ago.

Now it's up to lawmakers to make it final, and offer schools districts around the state a clearer framework for how they should grade their teachers. House and Senate education leaders have had differing ideas of what the final product should look like, but they ought to iron out their differences and get this done.

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