Murfreesboro, Tenn., officials are asking the state to relax its evaluation requirement for veteran teachers, saying they should be evaluated less often. Instead, city officials say that time could be better spent helping newer teachers. "I doubt if anything changes this year, but if something does change, how long principals spend in the classroom with teachers who have proven to be effective would be something," said city schools Director Linda Gilbert. Tennessee created a more rigorous evaluation process as a condition of receiving Race to the Top funds.

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