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State BOE chairman defends teacher licensure decision

September 8th, 2013 6:51 pm by Rick Wagner

State BOE chairman defends teacher licensure decision

KINGSPORT  — One Tri-Cities school board went on record against the Tennessee school board’s teacher licensure decision this past Tuesday, and a second will consider doing so Monday.

Still, the state Board of Education Chairman Fielding Rolston Friday said he believes the state board’s controversial decision to link licensure with value-added standardized test scores used in teacher evaluations was a good one, pointing out that the delay of implementation until 2015 will give plenty of time for input and discussion.

State Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, and Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, have indicated willingness to sponsor legislation to reverse or overturn the state board’s decision. The Tennessee Education Association and Professional Educators of Tennessee also oppose the action, which the Johnson City school board has gone on record against, a position the Sullivan County school board is to consider Monday.

“By the time we get to January, we’re going to have some time to look at this and look at it in more detail,” Rolston said.

The change approved says that if teachers score a 1 out of 5 in two of the past three years they will be placed in a review status for an additional year and could lose their license if they score a 1 during the year of review status.

See Monday’s print edition for an expanded version of this story.

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