Bill To Change Teacher Appeals

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Senators say South Carolina's decades-old process for removing an underperforming teacher can drag out at the expense of school districts and children's education.

A bill discussed Thursday by a Senate panel would give principals the final say in whether to extend a teacher's contract.

Currently, teachers who have been in the classroom for several years have certain rights, starting with notification of a formal evaluation over the upcoming coming year. Teachers who don't pass can then appeal to their school board and further appeal in the courtroom.

Sponsoring Sen. Paul Thurmond of Charleston says the time involved means some children are being short-changed.

In Charleston County, three teachers are still being paid not to work as they await a board hearing on their contracts not being renewed last spring.

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