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Teacher Accountability Approved

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The Wyoming House passed the Teacher Accountability Act on third reading yesterday and sent it to conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.  Representative Keith Gingery says the legislation dealing with teachers began as what he calls “really mean-spirited and outright hostile,” but this bill has evolved into a reasonable measure that is largely accepted in the educational community. Gingery says he does not favor the inclusion of the word “immorality” in possible causes for dismissal since it lacks specific definition.  Gingery also says he doesn’t like an amendment attached to the bill raising the years to achieve tenure from three to four years. Furthermore, the amendment passed Tuesday would require teachers to wait another four years to regain tenure if they change school districts after becoming tenured elsewhere in the state.

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