New legislation will put extra pressure on local Conn. school districts

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Local school districts have mixed reactions to new legislation that will affect how often they evaluate teachers and administrators.

The bill, titled “An Act Concerning Revisions to the Education Reform Act of 2012,” will require up to six evaluations per year. It also requires administrators to spend more time in the classroom.

The bill was passed around the Senate multiple times with intentions to delay implementation until the 2014-15 school year. After multiple amendments, however, the bill approved by the House on June 4 requires implementation this fall, with a full roll-out over the next two years.

“There are measures in place to make sure districts are moving forward that is keeping with the intent of the system,” said Jennifer Alexander, CEO of ConnCan, a group that works toward bettering state schools. “Providing teachers and principals with regular feedback on their performance is a fundamental responsibility of our school districts. Without that system, we will not be able to identify our best teachers and support them or help teachers that are struggling. It’s a critical step to ensure that all students have access to good teachers.”

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