State schools chief: If lawmakers don’t move on teacher evaluations, I will

By cori

The new head of the Michigan Department of Education says he’ll act on his own to improve teacher evaluations if lawmakers fail to do so.

The state Senate approved a bill in May meant to improve teacher evaluations and make them more uniform across the state. Senate Bill 103 has since stalled in the state House.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston says he, Gov. Rick Snyder, and lawmakers have been working together on the issue. But he says time is running out.

“If we don’t get movement, then the department will have to decide what the next steps will be,” said Whiston.

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