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Sato and initial licensure students shed light on proposed legislation

The Minnesota State Legislature is considering a new bill that would empower school board members to include teacher evaluations in future layoff decisions. Currently, layoff decisions are largely based on teacher seniority. In a recent article in the Minnesota Daily, Associate Professor Mistilina Sato (Curriculum and Instruction) and two students weighed in on what the bill might mean in practice.

Sato shared concerns for how seniority might be replaced by teacher evaluation. As a member of the recently appointed Teacher Evaluation Working Group for the Minnesota Department of Education, Sato is involved with developing more effective tools for teacher evaluation.

"One of the really big issues they're going to have to face really quickly is if you don't use seniority ... to make decisions about layoffs or continued contracts, you have to use something else," said Sato.

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