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Gov. Gregoire Proposes Education Reform Bills

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing a series of education reform bills, including new teacher and principal evaluations.

At a news conference Tuesday, Gregoire said the new evaluation system would replace one in which teachers and principals are now rated as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory with one that would have four categories: unsatisfactory, basic, proficient and distinguished.

Teachers and principals who were found unsatisfactory would be placed on probation and if they did not improve by the following semester, they would be fired.

Gregoire also wants opportunities for struggling schools to partner with universities and to create a new executive-level office called the Office of Student Achievement that will focus on educational attainment.
      

      
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