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New criteria for teacher pay
House committee details switch to 'merit-based' system

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The bill that will severely curtail collective bargaining for public workers in Ohio is headed for the House floor. The House Labor Committee made about a dozen changes to Senate Bill 5, which narrowly passed the Ohio Senate early this month. Hudson Representative Kristina Roegner is a member of the committee. The Republican lawmaker says she supports the measure, in part because it will give school districts more leverage in negotiations with teachers unions. By throwing out teacher tenure, the bill sets up a system based on performance measured by both the state and local districts’ criteria –

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Most of the changes would not take effect until current labor contracts expire.  But school districts that are in fiscal emergency will be able to void current contracts and renegotiate under the new rules. The entire House could vote on the bill as early as Wednesday. Opponents say they’ll push for a voter referendum to overturn the law.

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