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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:00 pm | Updated: 7:39 am, Wed May 8, 2013.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed a measure Monday to make it easier for schools to get rid of teachers who are not performing up to expectations.

Current law allows school districts to put some new teachers on probation. This new law 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.

Then, 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. Foes did not disagree with the concept but pointed out that the laws were changed just last year. They said those changes should first be given a chance to be implemented.

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