Teachers, School Board Oppose Tenure Change Bill

Teachers are on the offensive and upset over a proposed change to tenure and teacher evaluations.

It’s called the PREP Act and it’s already passed committee in the state senate.

It calls for select standardized test scores to carry a 25 percent weight in teacher evaluations. And Teachers could lose tenure after consecutive poor evaluations.

“If you’re going to evaluate teachers based on their test scores and make that a fourth of their evaluation, then they are going to make that the focus of their classroom experience in preparing students for tests,” said Jenny Parker, a Mobile County math teacher.

On Wednesday, the Mobile County School Board passed a resolution unanimously opposing the legislation.

“I think this would definitely have a negative effect on teachers and teaching in Alabama,” said board President Don Stringfellow.

The bill could be headed to the full senate for a vote as early as next week.

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