Now a dispute over what’s not in teacher contract

The Hawai‘i State Teachers Association has yet another complaint against the state, but this one isn’t about what is in the contract Gov. Neil Abercrombie imposed on teachers in July. It’s about what’s not in it.

The state promised in its Race to the Top application that it would implement evaluations for all the state’s 12,500 teachers by 2014. Toward that end, the Department of Education plans to pilot new teacher evaluation models in designated Zones of School Innovation this year. The problem is that the new teacher contract — already controversial in its own right — makes no mention of the evaluation trials.

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