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Brewer signs bill creating new teacher evaluations

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that makes it easier to fire some low-performing teachers.

The bill signed Monday allows experienced teachers to be placed on probationary status if they received the lowest rating on one yearly performance review. That status allows a school board to fire a teacher with little notice.

Proponents say the measure will help remove bad teachers.

House Bill 2500 easily passed in the Republican-led House, but Senate Republicans and Democrats initially rejected it in a tight 14-15 vote.

The Republican-led Senate eventually passed the bill in a 19-11 vote.

Critics say an overhaul of evaluations passed last year still isn’t fully implemented and lawmakers shouldn’t pass additional changes.

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