Odd Pairings on Teacher Evaluation in ESEA Fight
The always contentious subject of teacher evaluation is creating some unusual divisions on Capitol Hill, as members of Congress debate approaches for the long-delayed renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Two proposals for renewing the law—a measure that passed the Senate education committee last fall and a pair of House bills slated for committee consideration in the coming weeks—represent dueling visions of the federal role in shaping teacher evaluation, an issue that continues to roil state legislatures as well.
The House bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, would require districts to devise new teacher-evaluation systems, mirroring...
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