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Minn. Senate passes teacher layoffs bill

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Abby Snyder instructs second graders at Hiawatha Leadership Academy in Minneapolis in a February 2011 file photo. The Minnesota Senate passed a bill on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 that would let schools lay off teachers based on performance.
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The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would let schools lay off teachers based on performance.

The bill passed in a 36-26 vote. It would let school districts make layoff decisions based on teacher evaluations that consider student performance. Current state law requires that schools only consider teacher seniority, unless individual districts negotiate their own arrangements to consider other factors.

Sen. Pam Wolf, a Republican who sponsored the bill, says it lets schools keep the most effective teachers.

Democrats expressed concern that the right evaluation tools are not in place. They said a state teacher evaluation system being developed needs more time.

The House passed a similar bill earlier this month.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)