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May3,2012
STATEOFMINNESOTA
OfficeofGovernorMarkDayton
130StateCapitol
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75Rev.Dr.MartinLutherKingJr.Boulevard
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SaintPaul,MN55155
TheHonorableKurtZellersSpeakeroftheHouseStateOfficeBuilding,Room463100Rev.Dr.MartinLutherKing,Jr.Blvd.St.Paul,Minnesota55155DearMr.Speaker:IhavevetoedandamreturningChapter274,HouseFile1870.Lastyear,theLegislatureandmyadministrationmadeexceptionalprogressinpassingandimplementingmajorK-12educationreforms.Theyincluded:AlternativeLicensureforteachers,EarlyChildhoodinitiatives,ReadingProficiencybythirdgrade,expandingPostsecondaryEnrollmentOptions,andnumerousothers.Mostimportantly,forthefirsttimeinadecade,weincreasedthestate'sper-pupilaidpaymentby$50perstudentforthisyearandby$100fornextyear.AndweinitiatedbothTeacherEvaluationandPrincipalEvaluationsystems,whicharenowbeingestablishedandwillbeimplemented,accordingtothetimetableestablishedbytheLegislature.Weaccomplishedagreatdeallastyear,byworkingtogether.TheUSDepartmentofEducation'sapprovalofourNoChildLeftBehindwavier,alongwithoursuccessfulRacetotheTopapplication,istestimonytotheirconfidenceinthepositivedirectionofMinnesota'seducationinnovation.ThattremendousprogressisatributetotheexcellentleadershipofEducationCommissionerBrendaCasselliusandlegislatorsofbothparties.Inmy"StateoftheState"addresslastFebruary,Isaid,"1haveanovelidea.Let'sdevelopanyeducationinitiativesthisyearincooperationwithteachers,ratherthaninconflictwiththem."Unfortunately,despitemyrequestanddespitethetremendousprogresswemadelastyearthroughbipartisancooperation,membersofthemajoritycaucusesinboththeHouseandtheSenatehaveintroduced22billsinthissession,whichareanti-publicschools,anti-publicschoolteachers,oranti-collectivebargainingrights.MajoritycaucusmemberscontinuetodenigrateMinnesota'spublicschoolteachers,withlittleornorecognitionorappreciationfortheextraordinarilydedicatedworkalmostallofthemdounderever-morechallengingcircumstances.Thisbill,withtherhetoricaccompanyingit,isyetanotherexampleofthisprejudiceagainstpublicschoolteachers.Onceagain,theyaresingledoutas"theproblem,"forwhichsomelegislators'solutionistooverridethelong-establishedrightsoflocalschoolboardsandteachers'electedrepresentativestonegotiatethetermsoftheiremploymentandtheirdismissals.Whilethebillwoulddisplacethemostprevalentsystemfordeterminingteacherlayoffs,byseniority,itwouldreplace
it
withonlyvaguelyformulatedideas.Effective2016-17foralldistricts,layoff,discharge,anddemotionplansmustbebasedonteacherlicensurefields,theteacher'smostrecentevaluationoutcomesfromtheleasttomosteffectivecategory,andfromleasttogreatestseniority,includingprobationaryteachers,withineachcategory.
Voice:(651)201-3400or(800)657-37l7Website:http://governor.state.mn.usFax:(651)797-1850MNRelay(800)627-3529An
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OpportunityEmployer
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TheHonorableKurtZellersMay3,2012Page2However,thoseevaluationmethodologieshavenotyetbeenselectedortested.Nosuccessfulbusinesswouldtellitsemployees,"Infouryears,wearegoingtoinstituteanentirelynewsystemfordecidingwhostaysandwhogoes.Butwecan'ttellyouwhatthatsystemis,becausewehaven'tfigureditoutyet."Whowouldnotexpectemployees'moraleandperformancetosufferasaresult?Therearecurrentlyunderwayproperlycarefuldevelopment,thentesting,andthentrainingprogramsforbothteacherandprincipalevaluations.AstheattachedBackgroundPaperfromtheAmericanEducationalResearchAssociation:GettingTeacherEvaluationRight:ABackgroundPaperforPolicyMakersdocuments,thereisconsiderabledisagreementaboutwhataretheeffectivemeasurestoassessteachers'performance.Ifteachers'andprincipals'careersaretobedecidedbythosemeasures,itisimperativethattheybeaccurate,verifiable,andreliable.ThisbillestablishesSeptember2016asthestartingpointforthosenewsystemstodeterminelayoffs.
It
isunclearwhytheLegislaturefeelssuchanurgencytomandatesomethingthatwillnottakeeffectforfouryears.AftertheevaluationshavebeendesignedandtestedwouldbeafarmoreappropriatetimefortheLegislaturetodetermine,in2015or2016,howbesttoincorporatethemintolayoffdecisions.Additionally,CommissionerCasselliusandIagreethatthefargreaterchallengeishowtouseevaluationstooutplaceteachersandprincipalsatthetimeproblemsdevelop,ratherthanwaitingmonthsorevenyearsforalayoffsituationtodevelop.Thatiswhywebelievethecurrentapproach,whichwasenactedlastyearwithbipartisansupport,isamore
constructive
andeffectiveapproachthanthislegislation.Forthosereasons,Iamvetoingthisbill.Attachmentcc:SenatorMichelleL.Fischbach,PresidentoftheSenateSenatorDavidH.Senjem,SenateMajorityLeaderSenatorThomasM.Bakk,SenateMinorityLeaderSenatorPamWolfRepresentativePaulThissen,HouseMinorityLeaderRepresentativeBrandenPetersenTheHonorableMarkRitchie,SecretaryofStateMr.CalR.Ludeman,SecretaryoftheSenateMr.AlbinA.Mathiowetz,ChiefClerkoftheHouseofRepresentatives
 
AmericanEducationalResearchAssociation
NATIONAL
ACADEMY
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EDUCATION
GettingTeacherEvaluationRight:ABackgroundPaperforPolicyMakers
LindaDarling-Hammond
StanfordUniversity
AudreyAmrein-Beardsley
ArizonaStateUniversity
EdwardH.Haertel
StanfordUniversity
JesseRothstein
UniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley
ResearchBriefingGettingTeacherEvaluationRight:AChallengeforPolicyMakersSeptember14,2011DirksenSenateOfficeBuildingConveningOrganizationsAmericanEducationalResearchAssociationNationalAcademyofEducation
ThisCapitolHillresearchbriefingwasjointlyheldbytheAmericanEducationalResearchAssociationandtheNationalAcademyofEducationaspartoftheseorganizations'commitmenttothesounduseofscientificresearchanddataineducationandeducationpolicy.Theviewsinthisbackgroundpaperarethoseoftheauthorswhopresentedatthebriefingandnotoftheorganizationsplanningandconveningthisevent.

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