Colorado Senate approves tenure bill; measure now goes to House

Senate Bill 191 passed out of the Colorado Senate with a two-thirds majority Friday.

The education- and tenure-reform bill next will go to the Colorado House of Representatives.

The bill may not have an easy ride with some critics in the House, said Republican Sen. Josh Penry of Grand Junction.

“I hope it doesn’t get watered down so much it doesn’t mean anything,” Penry said of the bill.

Each no vote in the Senate Friday came from Democrats. Democrat Sen. Paula Sandoval of Denver said she supports the bill’s goal of identifying ineffective and effective classroom teachers.

Changing teacher and principal evaluations and the way tenured status works would cost money, though, and Sandoval said she’d prefer more specific funding mechanisms in the bill. Currently, the bill’s only mention of funding involves gifts, grants and donations.


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