BOSTON (AP) — The state's largest teachers union and a group behind a proposed ballot question that would change the way teachers are evaluated have agreed on a compromise bill they say would avoid a costly fight at the ballot box.
Both sides are urging state lawmakers to adopt the bill ahead of a July 3 deadline for removing questions from the ballot.
The group behind the ballot question, Stand for Children Massachusetts, said the compromise bill would guarantee that every public school in Massachusetts gives priority to a teacher's effectiveness rather than seniority when deciding who to place and keep in the classroom.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association said the bill narrows the scope of the ballot question, which they said would greatly reduce collective bargaining rights.
Senate President Therese Murray supports the deal.