COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Legislation reducing the number of state-mandated evaluations required for well-rated public school teachers has cleared the Ohio Legislature.
The proposal zipped through the state Senate and House Tuesday, the same day it was slipped into a fast-moving Senate bill as a way to get needed support. The measure had cleared the GOP-led Senate in December, but it met resistance among some majority House Republicans.
Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (LAY'-nuhr) says similar language is being removed from a midterm budget bill on education moving toward passage this week.
The evaluation proposal was prompted by educators' concerns that Ohio's new evaluation rules requiring more classroom observation sessions, reports and conferences are misdirecting district resources.
It cuts the frequency of teacher evaluations for educators rated accomplished or skilled.
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