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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County schools. You can email him at jbranscome@freelancestar.com.

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House bill would keep teacher performance private

House Bill 1889 is being offered to ensure that a teacher’s performance indicators are kept private unless the teacher wishes to share the information.

Below is the text of the proposed addition to state statute 22.1-295.1 , which deals with personnel files of public school divisions, and is before the General Assembly for the 2013 session.

Teacher performance indicators, or other data used by the local school board to judge the performance or quality of a teacher, maintained in a teacher’s personnel file or otherwise shall not be made available to the public except pursuant to court order, for the purposes of a grievance proceeding involving the teacher, with the teacher’s consent, or as otherwise required by state or federal law. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the release or to limit the availability of nonidentifying, aggregate teacher performance indicators or other data.

 

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