House, Senate panels OK school bills

House, Senate panels OK school bills

January 14th, 2010 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

The House Education Committee approved K-12 schools legislation 21-1 Thursday.

Members of the House Finance Committee will take up the legislation Friday.

Earlier, Senate Finance Committee members voted 13-0 today to send to the Senate floor a K-12 bill allowing school officials to count student achievement data as 50 percent of teacher evaluation and tenure decisions.

The bill, which Gov. Phil Bredesen says is necessary for the state's federal Race to the Top application, now goes to the Senate floor.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyl, D-Memphis, said he expects the Senate will take up the bill Friday.

Tennessee is in line for as much as $485 million in Race to the Top funds.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.