Haslam Eats Pizza, Talks to Teachers

While pizza was on the menu, upcoming new teacher evaluations were on the minds of educators during a luncheon with the governor at an Oak Ridge landmark, reports Bob Fowler.
Wednesday’s get-together at the iconic Big Ed’s Pizza was another in Gov. Bill Haslam’s sessions with local educators across the state and the first since the Legislature adjourned in May. Teachers and principals, at the invitation of Oak Ridge and Anderson County school administrators, joined the governor.
The upcoming evaluations were enacted as part of state legislation to comply with guidelines for the $500 million in federal Race to the Top funding that Tennessee received. The evaluations will also play a key role in tightened teacher tenure guidelines approved by lawmakers during their latest session. Haslam called the new evaluation process “a good one.”
“I think it’s important to have standards and raise standards,” he said.

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