LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has approved changes to the state's teacher tenure system that supporters say would make it easier to remove ineffective teachers from the classroom.
Two bills in the package passed the Senate on Thursday by 25-13, mostly partly line votes. Other votes were closer. The House agreed with Senate changes and sent the legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder.
Supporters say the legislation makes teacher performance rather than seniority the key factor in awarding tenure and deciding layoffs and work force reductions within a district.
Democrats say the proposals are part of a continued legislative attack on teachers and union rights and won't improve the state's schools.
The votes came as the Legislature prepares for summer break which will see relatively few sessions in July and August.
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