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EVSC changing way they negotiate teacher contracts

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Because of new state laws, the EVSC School District is changing the way they negotiate teacher contracts. 

EVSC teacher contracts expire June 30. That's why school officials are already preparing for what's arguably the biggest upcoming change- a state mandated yearly teacher evaluation. 

Come fall, principals will evaluate every teacher based on data, observation and student achievement. 

"Ultimately it's all about getting to the best teacher, that we have our best teachers in the classroom moving forward. If we have a need for it, it also gives great feedback for improvement of our teachers," said Paul Neidig, EVSC's Chief Administration Officer.

Teachers will be put into one of four categories: ineffective, needs improvement, effective or highly effective. 

The final rating could decide whether they get a raise the following year, meaning the concept of "tenure" no longer exists. 

"Tenure, seniority as we know it, is certainly no longer recognized in state statute and performance. We really want to strive to have the best teachers available for the kids of Evansville, Indiana," Neidig said.  

"Parents expect us to be the best, and you know, we're ready for that challenge," Neidig said. 

EVSC is currently running a pilot evaluation program to test out a scoring system. It's expected to wrap up next month.

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