House panel amends, advances teacher tenure bill

Mar 27, 2013 -- 10:05am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A bill that would require teachers to work two more years to acquire tenure rights has moved out of its only committee of referral in the House. HB162, by Rep. Tammie Wilson, was advanced by the House Education Committee on Wednesday. The bill requires that teachers be employed in the same district continuously for five school years or accept a teacher contract for six consecutive school years to be eligible for tenure. It was introduced in the committee and held on Friday. Currently, teachers who work for three continuous years or accept a contract for four consecutive years can get tenure. Rep. Paul Seaton proposed two amendments, only one of which passed. The bill now moves to the House Rules Committee, which could schedule it for a vote.

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