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2009 Senate Bill 638: Revise teacher tenure provisions
  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. 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.
  7. Received in the Senate on December 3, 2009.
  8. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on December 3, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on December 3, 2009.

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