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February 22, 2011

Indiana Senate approves merit pay for teachers

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana teachers would have their pay linked to student performance under a proposal that has cleared the Indiana Senate.

The Republican-ruled Senate voted 29-20 Tuesday for the proposal, which is part of GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda.

The legislation would require yearly teacher evaluations. Teachers would be ranked into one of four categories, and those who fall into the lowest two categories wouldn't get any automatic pay raises. Local districts would create their own evaluations systems but would have to include objective measures of student achievement.

Supporters say the bill aims to recognize and reward outstanding teachers. Critics say test scores shouldn't play a heavy role in evaluations.

The bill also allows up to 50 percent of teachers at a charter schools to be unlicensed.

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