Last week we won a crucial battle in the Minnesota State House: thanks to hundreds of Minnesotans who took action, state representatives passed H.F. 1870, which would use Minnesota’s new statewide teacher evaluation system to keep our best teachers in the classroom.
Now we face that same battle, but this time in the Senate. Yesterday the Senate Education Committee approved H.F. 1870. Now it’s headed to the Senate floor, where the entire Senate could vote on it early as next week.
We’re halfway to passing a law that would prize Minnesota’s first-string teachers, and we need your help to get the rest of the way.
Last week state representatives listened to you when you told them that when it comes to staffing decisions, what teachers accomplish in the classroom matters more than how long they’ve been there. This week help send the same message to our state senators.
We can’t keep our best teachers in the penalty box any longer. Their work is too valuable and the lives they’re changing are too important.
Please join me once again in telling lawmakers to connect our new teacher evaluation system to staffing decisions so that it makes a true difference for our kids.
Vallay Varro is the executive director of MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now. Find out more about MinnCAN’s 2012 legislative campaign, A Playbook for Education in Minnesota, at www.MinnesotaPlaybook.org.