Senate panel rejects delay for teacher evaluations
BATON ROUGE - Senators killed House-backed education bills that sought delays in the disciplinary effects of a new teacher evaluation system and the use of ACT scores in calculating high school performance grades.
The Senate Education Committee rejected both bills Thursday, after facing opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White. Critics said they were concerned the measures could hinder educational progress.
Supporters of the proposals said delay would allow for additional training on the teacher evaluation system called COMPASS and give schools time to enhance curriculums to meet the ACT requirement.
Senators voted 4-3 against the teacher evaluation bill. The other measure was stalled in committee when no one on the panel made a motion to approve it.