Jindal voices support for delaying teacher evaluations

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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 1:00am

Governor Bobby Jindal is voicing his support for a bill that would delay starting the teacher evaluation system known as COMPASS.

It passed through the House Education Committee with no problem.

Jindal says while the bill slows the start of the evaluation program, his administration supports using this year as a learning year to improve the system.

"We still have some concerns, and there may be some additional amendments we'd like to see added to the bill, but we thought the amendments that were added were a step in the right direction,” stated Jindal. “Maybe it will receive some additional amendments as it goes to the (House) floor and the Senate. The important thing is we'll oppose any efforts to water down accountability, but we'll work with anyone who has good constructive ideas about how to improve it."

The bill still has to go to the House for vote, then the Senate. This proposed law has the support of both teachers unions and the Jindal administration.

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