Members of the Senate Education Committee heard a lot of tepid support this week for SB 103, the stripped down educator evaluation legislation introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair). Even supporters of the bill expressed concerns about its overreliance on student growth and spoke to the importance of using research-based tools and training evaluators.
The Senate Education Committee took its second week of testimony on SB 103, a gutted educator evaluation bill that puts the focus on student growth rather than professional practice. Several groups spoke on the legislation and while a number of organizations supported the bill on paper, their testimony told a different story.
You've just finished listening to Eliminate Stress from Your Daily Life as you arrive on campus. Standing in your parking space is the custodian, Bob. Before you can get out of your car, Bob starts in: "Boss, those graffiti scoundrels are at it again. The exterior door of Room 15 has been tagged. With no nighttime security, it's no surprise this continues to happen. In the meantime, Mr. Williams has reported a leak in his classroom after last night's rain. But I'm supposed to be setting up for your morning flag assembly. What do you want me to do?"
After letting the issue languish for nearly a year, the Senate Education Committee has finally started debating educator evaluation legislation.