Students Matter, an organization created and financed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch (pictured), successfully sued the state over teacher seniority and tenure laws, contending that they shortchange “high-needs” students. Now it’s suing 13 school districts for not obeying the Stull Act, the 1971 law that requires teachers to be evaluated based on student achievement.
Students Matter, an organization created and financed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch (pictured), successfully sued the state over teacher seniority and tenure laws, contending that they shortchange “high-needs” students. Now it’s suing 13 school districts for not obeying the Stull Act, the 1971 law that requires teachers to be evaluated based on student achievement. Damian Dovarganes AP
Students Matter, an organization created and financed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch (pictured), successfully sued the state over teacher seniority and tenure laws, contending that they shortchange “high-needs” students. Now it’s suing 13 school districts for not obeying the Stull Act, the 1971 law that requires teachers to be evaluated based on student achievement. Damian Dovarganes AP
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August 16, 2015 04:00 PM

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