Pawlenty dusts off teacher pay, tenure proposals

5:01 PM, Apr 19, 2010   |    comments
Gov. Tim Pawlenty
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty has dusted off education proposals he previously tried to have enacted in Minnesota in hopes they will give the state a shot at federal grants.

Pawlenty's education bill would change the way teachers are licensed, paid and given tenure. It will be the focus of a discussion Tuesday by a joint House-Senate education panel.

The Republican governor says the revisions are needed to make Minnesota competitive in the federal Race to the Top program, which could yield the state as much as $175 million.

Among ideas he outlined Monday are to more heavily tie student performance to teacher pay and require schools to rate teachers on a scale that ranges from "ineffective" to "highly effective."

Democratic Sen. LeRoy Stumpf says he's not interested in adopting the proposals for the sake of change, but he says they're worthy of debate.

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