Inslee to keep pushing teacher evaluation bill

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SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says he expects lawmakers will come to agreement on the state's teacher evaluation system before the Legislature adjourns next week.

His proposed new law would extend a waiver from the federal government from requirements of the No Child Left Behind Law. It would allow Washington to continue working toward an alternative system of school accountability and keep control of about $40 million in federal dollars.

Two different teacher and principal evaluation bills are making their way through the Legislature this week. One would require statewide standardized tests be used in some teacher evaluations, but wouldn't go into effect until the 2017-18 school year. The new rule would go away if the federal government does not extend the waiver.

An alternative bill, proposed by Senate Republicans, would not delay implementation or consider the waiver.

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