SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers have scrapped a plan to overhaul teacher evaluations after they ran out of time to hash out the much-debated new rules.
AB 5 had pitted unions against school districts and education reformers. It would have allowed school districts to disregard standardized test scores in evaluating teachers, added an "excellent" teacher evaluation option to the current pass/fail-type system and made evaluations more frequent.
The bill's author, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, said in a statement late Thursday that he could not complete the public hearings necessary to pass the bill by the time the 2012 legislative session ends on Friday night. It had passed the Senate education committee this week but had not reached the floor of either house.
"I believe this issue is too important to be decided at the last minute and in the dark of night," Fuentes said in a statement.
The future of teacher evaluation reform remains unclear. Fuentes is termed out of the Assembly, though another lawmaker could carry a bill next year.
The Senate and Assembly were scheduled to consider 149 bills on their last day Friday. Gov. Jerry Brown will be busy with hundreds of bills already on his desk, and 30 days to sign them into law or veto them.
Lawmakers were set to take up a pension overhaul measure unveiled by Brown earlier this week as their most high-profile bill.
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