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2009 Senate Bill 638: Revise teacher tenure provisions
Introduced by Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R) on June 11, 2009 To exempt the “neighborhood schools” proposed by Senate Bill 636 from the “teacher tenure” law provisions that make it difficult or impossible to pay Michigan public school teachers on the basis of merit, rather than years on the job, and which also make it very difficult to dismiss teachers.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 11, 2009
Reported in the Senate on September 9, 2009 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 2, 2009 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that simply allows teachers to be fired for "consistent ineffectiveness".
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 2, 2009
Failed 17 to 18 in the Senate on December 2, 2009 To revise the “teacher tenure” law to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness. Under current law it is very difficult or impossible to fire a teacher.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on December 3, 2009 The vote by which the bill was defeated.
Passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 3, 2009
Received in the Senate on December 3, 2009
Amendment offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on December 3, 2009 To establish that the state Superintendent of Public Instruction would create the definition of "consistently ineffective" in teaching, and the state Board of Education would have to approve this. The already included a provision requiring the definition to be based on "objective criteria".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 3, 2009
Failed 19 to 13 in the Senate on December 3, 2009 To allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness. Under current law it is very difficult or impossible to fire a teacher.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on December 3, 2009 To reconsider the vote by which the bill was defeated.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 3, 2009
Received in the Senate on December 3, 2009
Passed 20 to 13 in the Senate on December 3, 2009 To revise the “teacher tenure” law to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness, as defined by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Under current law it is very difficult or impossible to fire a teacher.
Received in the House on December 3, 2009
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on December 3, 2009

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