Bill would alter teacher tenure

LANSING, Mich. - "Ineffective" teachers could be fired without recourse to tenure protection rules under a bill that passed the state Senate Thursday, according to the Michigan Information & Research Service.

Senate Bill 638, sponsored by Sen. Patty Birkholz, R-Saugatuck, passed 20-13 after an amendment was added that would require effectiveness standards to be defined by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction or first by a local school board and then by the state superintendent, MIRS reported.

The bill was voted down twice earlier in the week, according to MIRS.

Michigan Information & Research Service Inc., "Third Time the Charm for Teacher Tenure Bill," Dec. 3, 2009 (Subscription required)

FURTHER READING:, "2009 Senate Bill 638: Revise teacher tenure provisions"