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For Immediate Release

Date: 05/01/14

House GOP Leader's Statement on Teacher Evaluation Bill

AUGUSTA - The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted, 123-23, to override the Governor's veto of LD 1747, which establishes rules for teacher evaluations. House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport voted to sustain the Governor's veto and issued the following statement.

"While I respect the votes of the Republicans who voted to support this bill, many of us believe that it was a step backward for education reform. Allowing evaluations to be written by the evaluated is unwise, and creating a patchwork system of evaluation across the state defeats a major goal of teacher evaluations in the first place.

Furthermore, Washington state and others are facing serious federal penalties for enacting inadequate teacher evaluation rules. The Department of Education and many stakeholders worked for months to craft sensible rules for teacher evaluations, and I believe they were sound."


David Sorensen
Maine House Republicans
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