Teacher-evaluation bill clears committee in Maine

03/23/2012 | Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration)

A bill creating a statewide teacher-evaluation system cleared the Maine legislature's Education Committee on Thursday. The proposed system ties effectiveness ratings of teachers and principals to student progress, and allows for those who receive two or more consecutive "ineffective" ratings to have their contracts canceled. The bill, which now heads to the state House and Senate, also calls for more rigorous qualifications for teachers and requires districts to provide professional development for struggling educators.

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