Legislative Briefs

2013-04-05T00:00:00Z Legislative BriefsCapitol Media Services Capitol Media Services Arizona Daily Star

Measure to ease firing of teachers hits a snag

A measure designed to ease the ability of school districts to fire some teachers hit a bump Thursday.

On a 14-15 vote the Senate rejected HB 2500, which would allow schools to place even experienced teachers on probation, the first step toward possible dismissal.

Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, who serves on the board of an elementary school district, said schools are still implementing changes in teacher evaluation laws enacted last year. He said those should be given a chance to work before further alterations.

Proponents said they believe they can line up enough votes for approval next week.

Exemptions granted for certain schools

The Senate voted Thursday to allow schools that do not accept certain federal money to be exempt from some rules and regulations.

HB 2318 requires the state Education Department to grant a waiver for academic standards, state or federal assessments of students, teacher and principal evaluation requirements, and student and course tracking systems. Supporters say these regulations should be allowed only when a school takes the federal funds.

However, the bill precludes exemptions from any regulations funded with federal dollars dealing with health, safety, civil rights or insurance. The House already approved a nearly identical version.

Senate gives governor more judicial choices

Ignoring a possible legal challenge, the state Senate voted Thursday to require the governor be given more choices when selecting judges for the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and superior courts of Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties.

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