Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SB 1223 Requires Evaluation for Teachers

Virginia Senate Bill 1223, due to cross over to the House after passing the Senate unanimously, is an interesting bill. It's about public schools. It provides a procedure for evaluations and hearings, both to ensure that students are making progress and to ensure that teachers, principals, and superintendents are doing their jobs. So why does it open with a reference to a soil and water conservation board? Was this an accident, a deliberate bid for scrutiny by some of the more active Tea Parties, or a way to protect the jobs of an unnecessary group of unelected people by mentioning them in pieces of legislation other than the one that authorized their jobs to exist in the first place?