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Changes Coming to Delaware Teacher Evaluations

DOVER, Del.-  A bill aimed at changing the way teachers are evaluated in Delaware was passed by the Delaware House on Tuesday afternoon.

The bill would give local school districts, technical schools and charter schools the ability to develop their own evaluations systems for all teachers, including first-year teachers.

Before the bill, first-year teachers had to use the statewide evaluation. Even if a school district decided to establish their own system, their first-year teachers would have to still use the state’s, therefore having two different systems within the district. The bill took out that provision so local districts have the flexibility to have their own system that will affect all teachers.

Now that all teachers have the possibility of being evaluated this way, some parents think its good idea if local school districts decided to use their own system, especially for the state’s smaller districts.

“If statistics show that it wasn’t working on a statewide level, I think we should make a change and turn it to a local level where the local people can evaluate them,” said Dover parent, Taheo Funderburk. "I think that it'll be a good thing to concentrate on our future, the children.

Others are still uncertain about which system will work best. They question whether local or state regulations will work better for the students.  
"It all depends,” said Guango Correa, of Dover. He said that it depends how they look at it and what they say about it.

Both parties agree, their main concern is the students.
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