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Daniels Aims to Limit Teachers' Unions, Expand Charter Schools

8:14 AM, Apr 21, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Indiana governor Mitch Daniels is taking on teachers' unions and working to expand charter schools. The Evansville Courier & Press reports

Contracts between teachers' unions and their school corporations would be limited to just wages and benefits under a measure Daniels signed into law Wednesday afternoon. 

Senate Enrolled Act 575 would bar teachers from having input on education policies such as class size, as well as hiring, firing and layoff policies. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has championed the measure, along with Daniels. But the Indiana State Teachers Association has vigorously opposed it, and it was a chief target of an early-session rally at which 1,000 teachers protested Daniels' agenda....

Daniels has also pushed for the expansion of charter schools and a new private school voucher program, and both proposals are on track to win legislative approval before the April 29 end of the session. 

The House on Wednesday night also approved a measure that would tie teacher evaluations to the performance of their students, through locally-developed measurements. It would bar teachers whose students perform the worst from receiving pay raises. 

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