Teachers Under Minnesota Microscope
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) New legislation would demand that Minnesota school administrators avoid putting children in classrooms led by teachers deemed unsatisfactory if they had one the previous year. The bill introduced Monday by three Democratic state senators and one Republican is the latest attempt to make teacher effectiveness a bigger part of school decisions. If passed, the law wouldn't take effect until the 2016-17 academic year.
The bill builds off an existing teacher evaluation process. Advocates argue that students in classrooms led by ineffective teachers tend to fall further behind their peers, so helping them avoid multiple subpar teachers is critical.
Having Democrats as authors could help the bill's chances, but teacher effectiveness measures usually face difficult legislative terrain. The chief sponsor is freshman Democratic Sen. Susan Kent of Woodbury.
Iowa Bus Crash Due To Heavy Snow
COLFAX, Iowa (AP) A charter bus carrying members of an Iowa college softball team has been involved in a multi-vehicle crash that closed part of Interstate 80.
Fort McCoy Economic Impact Still Good
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Die Hard Brew Crew Fans Waiting
MILWAUKEE (AP) Wind gusts are whipping up snow outside the tents of Milwaukee Brewer fans camped outside Miller Park.
Billings Says Walker Tax Break Is Not A Break
A family of four making $80 thousand a year would save about $106