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Malloy Seeks Teacher Evaluation

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Governor Dannel Malloy.  File photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer

Governor Dannel Malloy. File photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he hopes for “major steps” in the next legislative session on improving evaluation procedures for Connecticut’s public school teachers.

Malloy told a gathering of school superintendents and other education officials Wednesday that he wants evaluations that prioritize teachers’ effectiveness, not their seniority or tenure.

The issue was discussed in last spring’s legislative session, but a proposal to set a statewide evaluation system and outline dismissal procedures for ineffective teachers was not adopted.

Advocates say better evaluation systems would help schools keep strong teachers, especially if they are vulnerable to layoffs because they lack seniority. They say it also helps districts retrain poorly performing teachers or, if necessary, dismiss them.

Teachers’ unions say they favor better evaluation procedures, but want to ensure the methods are fair.

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