3% of Houston teachers could be fired under new policy

02/11/2010 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Houston school district data shows that more than 400 teachers -- representing 3% of the district's teacher workforce -- could be affected by a proposed policy that would tie their job security to student test scores. Teachers unions oppose the policy, which would allow the district to fire teachers whose students do not improve enough on standardized tests. But the district's superintendent said mentoring and training would be provided to struggling teachers, and educators would not be fired based on just a single year of poor test results.

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