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Teachers face new evaluation rules

State approves law nixing ballot question

July 05, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Going into the next school year, teachers will be facing a new evaluation system after the Legislature approved Senate Bill 2135 as an "emergency law" on a voice vote without debate late last month.

The bill was negotiated between the Mass. Teachers' Association and the group behind a proposed "Stand for Children" ballot question, which will not go to the November ballot now.

Among other things, the law (Chapter 131 of the Acts of 2012) requires "any such collectively bargained for qualifications shall include, as the primary factors, indicators of job performance, including overall ratings resulting from comprehensive evaluations conducted consistent with section 38 and the best interests of the students in the school or district," while "seniority or length of service" is to be used only as a "tie-breaker" in cases where multiple teachers face getting benefits or being laid off.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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