School leaders: Pavlov educator evaluation bill preserves local control, helps kids learn

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

School leaders: Pavlov educator evaluation bill preserves local control, helps kids learn

LANSING – Superintendents from across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties today praised the Michigan Senate for passing Senate Bill 103, introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov. The school leaders praised Pavlov for partnering with education experts in crafting educator evaluation legislation that lays out a framework for common-sense, fair and critical evaluations for educators while preserving local control.

“Thoughtful and constructive evaluation gives teachers the tools they need to teach and help students learn and grow,” said Kenneth Gutman, Superintendent of Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. “The common-sense educator evaluation legislation passed by the Senate today is the product of collaboration with education experts who serve on the front lines.”

Districts across the state have successfully used research-based evaluation tools in innovative ways and Senate Bill 103 allows them to continue to do so. The legislation recognizes that local schools are best-positioned to craft evaluation tools that work best at the local level.

“We applaud the Michigan Senate for passing pragmatic legislation that protects local control and ensures educators are evaluated in a fair and transparent manner,” said Russell E. Pickell, Superintendent, Riverview Community Schools. “Senate Bill 103 allows local schools to strengthen teaching in our classrooms. This is important because effective teachers and administrators can make all the difference in the world when it comes to educating our kids.”

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