(AP) — The Senate's top leader says he's addressed many of the public's concerns about his public schools reform package but isn't budging on ultimately ending teacher tenure.
The Senate Education Committee recommended legislation Wednesday authored by Senate leader Phil Berger that would replace career job protections that teachers can now receive after four years in the same district with one- to four-year contracts.
Berger says tenure won't be phased out completely until 2018 but says it must be eliminated because it keeps too many poorly performing teachers in the classroom.
The bill now goes to the Senate's budget-writing committee.
Bipartisan legislation also filed Wednesday in the House wouldn't do away with tenure, but teachers could lose it if they receive poor evaluations two years in a row and don't improve.