Perdue pushing for teacher evaluation system

Photo by Donnie Ikpa

Photo by Donnie Ikpa

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue is asking lawmakers to create a statewide teacher evaluation system as a last-minute push to boost Georgia's chances of winning up to $400 million in federal funds.

A bill that would establish a uniform way of judging how well teachers do their jobs gained approval from a key state House committee on Wednesday night. The proposed legislation will go before the full House next week.

Perdue had wanted to create the evaluation system and use it to determine merit pay for teachers, but performance bonuses were dropped from the proposal after an outcry from teachers.

The governor is hoping the evaluation system will help Georgia win part of the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" federal grant competition. The state fell just shy of winning money in the first round last month.