Apr 30, 2010 5:56 PM by Stefanie Boe, News First 5

Should teachers be held accountable for student learning?

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Senate has passed legislation holding teachers and principals accountable for the performance of their students.

Senators voted 21-14 on Friday to back the proposal, which also changes how teachers get and keep tenure. It now heads to the House where it's expected to face more challenges in the final full week
of the Legislature's 2010 session.

Most Senate Democrats, who control the chamber, voted against the bill, which the state's largest teachers' union opposes. The bill was able to pass because seven Democrats voted with all 14
Senate Republicans.

Backers think the bill will increase the state's chances of winning up to $170 million in federal funding from the Obama administration's "Race to the Top" competition.

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