Little Rock teachers' union rejects state's waiver proposal

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock teachers' association is rejecting a proposal from the Arkansas Department of Education that would make it easier to fire teachers in low-performing schools.

The Little Rock Education Association held a press conference before school Monday morning to oppose Education Commissioner Johnny Key's directive that any agreement between the state and the union allow the state to waive some job protections for teachers in poorly rated schools.

The association met Sunday night to determine a "plan of action" but did not provide specifics.

The district and the union are negotiating contracts for the 2018-2019 school year. Key recently rejected a tentative agreement between the district and the union.

Little Rock School District has been controlled by the state since 2015 because of low test scores in some schools.

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