Bill being draft to end teacher tenure in Wyoming |

Bill being draft to end teacher tenure in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Several state lawmakers are drafting legislation that would end teacher tenure in Wyoming.

A teacher earns tenure after three years teaching in a particular school district. From that point, contracts are renewed annually unless the teacher resigns, retires or is lawfully dismissed.

Republican Sen. Hank Coe of Cody tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the proposed bill would make it easier to fire ineffective teachers.

Coe proposes that all teachers be evaluated every year and their contracts renewed accordingly. He says it will bring more accountability to public education.

The state’s teacher union favors keeping tenure.

Wyoming Education Association President Kathryn Valido says tenure gives teachers job assurance and ensures due process for termination.

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