The Senate voted 19-11 Tuesday to make it easier for schools to get rid of teachers who are not performing up to expectations.
HB 2500 permits districts to put not only some new teachers on probation but also permits a district to give that same status to veteran teachers whose evaluations show they are not properly doing the job.
That would trigger performance improvement plans and regular evaluation.
If a teacher's performance does not improve, then he or she eventually could be dismissed.
Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, said the legislation makes necessary fixes to existing laws. But Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said those laws should be given a chance to work before being altered.
The measure now goes to the governor.