Pittsburgh schools’ Gates grant in jeopardy

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A $40 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve Pittsburgh Public Schools is in jeopardy because the district and its teachers’ union can’t agree on tests to measure teacher performance.

KDKA-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1cGEJ4y ) reports the foundation is threatening to pull the grant, announced in September 2010, if the issue isn’t resolved.

The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers says it has agreed to an evaluation system, but not on a minimum score which would require a teacher to be retrained if it’s not achieved. The union says it’s concerned teachers might lose their jobs over the process.

But Superintendent Linda Lane says she’s twice lowered the minimum score and the teachers still aren’t happy.

The National American Federation of Teachers has called defeating the new Pittsburgh performance standards a “crucial fight.”

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Information from: KDKA-TV, http://www.kdka.com

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