Teacher reform bill dies in General Assembly

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The teacher contract bill, which would have instituted 3-year term contracts for new teachers, has been re-referred to committee, effectively killing it for the year.

The bill would have made it easier for public schools to remove teachers from their jobs, by replacing continuing contracts with three-year contracts that would not automatically be renewed until the teacher was evaluated.

Supporters believed it would improve public education. However, teachers wore black in protest worrying it would discourage people from entering the teaching profession.

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