HONOLULU (AP) - A bill that would have required new performance evaluations for Hawaii teachers has died a few weeks before the end of the state's legislative session.
The bill's demise last week comes soon after a federal team visited Hawaii to review progress on reforms promised by the state in winning a $75 million grant. A revamped evaluation system is key to the fate of the grant, which the U.S. Department of education has warned could be lost because of unsatisfactory progress.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association lobbied against the bill, arguing it supersedes collective bargaining.
HSTA President Wil Okabe says teachers have had performance evaluations for decades and it's unfair to ask teachers to accept a new system that has no details and is tied to future careers and salaries.
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