Senate Education Committee approves tenure bill

Senate Education Committee approves tenure bill
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 4:35pm

The Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 603 by Senator Conrad Appel. If it becomes law, it would make it more difficult for teahcers to receive tenure. Right now they get it after working just three years. The bill would change that to five. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White says the bill would only take tenure away from bad teachers.

"The bill proposes not that we end tenure, but simply that if you're in the bottom group of teachers, the ineffectively rated teachers, that we do not any longer grant you that protection," says White.

The Senate Education Committee is now discussing a school voucher program. It would allow low-income students at underperforming schools to transfer to private schools.

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