The new evaluations will fulfill a pledge the state made in its Race to the Top application. Board members acknowledge the new evaluations will be controversial. Half of teachers’ evaluations will depend on how well their students perform on state tests.
Lawyers for a group of charter schools ruled unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court asked the court this afternoon to reconsider the decision. They’re arguing that the decision will force the courts to play too large a role in setting education policy. The legal fight highlights a question being asked about charter schools in the south and across the country: Who should decide where a school can open, and why?