Baldacci supports teacher evaluations

Posted May 01, 2010, at 12:59 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says the time has come to use student achievement in evaluating teachers and principals.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Baldacci says the Legislature last month passed a bill allowing that. He says using student achievement as a tool to evaluate educators can lead to significant student improvement.

The governor says at least one evaluation method must be developed in the next couple of weeks for Maine to apply for $75 million in federal funds through the “Race to the Top” grant program.

Linking student achievement to teacher evaluations is working in more than 200 school districts nationwide, Baldacci indicated.

In the Republican response, state Rep. Kathy Chase of Wells urges Maine voters to repeal a tax overhaul law June 8. Chase says the reform passed last year is a bad deal for taxpayers.

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