Legislation To Bolster Assistant Principal Requirements Heads To Governor

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Legislation To Bolster Assistant Principal Requirements Heads To Governor

May 13, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill--In a week of already significant education reforms, State Rep. Jehan Gordon (D-Peoria) sponsored legislation, which passed out of the Senate on Thursday that introduces guidelines and requirements for assistant principals where there currently are none.

House Bill 3171, sponsored by Gordon, gives assistant principals the same responsibilities as principals and creates a method for evaluating their performance.

The evaluations would look at the duties and measure the performance of the assistant principal, comment on the strengths and weakness to offer improvements, and align them with the Illinois Professional Standards for school leaders. Additionally, after 2012 assistant principal evaluations will include data and indicators of student growth as part of the evaluation.

House Bill 3171 passed the House at the end of March 114-0, and passed the Senate on Thursday 56-0. The legislation now moves to the Governor for further consideration.

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