Colo. lawmakers want changes to teacher tenure law
DENVER – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants to rewrite the teacher tenure law, a move they say will boost Colorado’s chances of winning education reform dollars.
Under a bill introduced Monday, only teachers who have improved the performance of students for three straight years would be able to gain tenure. They would have to continue to show student improvement to keep tenure.
Principals would also be judged according to the growth of their students and the performance of their teachers.
The bill builds on an executive order issued by Gov. Bill Ritter for the first round of the federal Race to the Top competition.
The state teachers’ union opposes the bill, in part because the details on how educators will be evaluated haven’t been determined.