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SC lawmaker proposes teacher evaluation plan

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

A South Carolina Republican lawmaker is introducing his own plan for performance-based pay as dozens of schools test Superintendent Mick Zais' proposal for evaluating educators.
    
Republican Rep. Andy Patrick of Hilton Head Island said he's pre-filing a bill for the upcoming legislative session that's aimed at rewarding excellent teachers and providing others targeted training. Tuesday is the last day for House members to pre-file bills for 2014. Senators have another week.
    
Evaluating educators based on performance is a required part of the state's exemption from the all-or-nothing provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The federal Education Department approved Zais' plan in March, but educator groups have criticized it.
    
The state education board must approve a plan before it goes statewide. Patrick says his bill offers another process.

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