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Teacher evaluation overhaul could be top legislative priority in 2015

File photo: Linda Stephan
Linda Stephan
File photo: Linda Stephan

State lawmakers have some unfinished business left over from 2014 – including legislation that would overhaul teacher evaluations in Michigan.

Both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders said it was a priority before the end of 2014. But they ran out of time to work out a final deal during the “lame duck” session.

The proposal would create a statewide system for evaluating teachers and administrators based on in-class observation and student growth on standardized tests. It would also require more professional development for educators.

The top Democrat in the state House says overhauling teacher evaluations is a top priority for his caucus in the new legislative session that begins next week.