Teacher "pink slip" bill passes House


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(AP) — School districts would be allowed to wait almost two additional months to notify tenured teachers if they're going to be laid off.

HB138, by Rep. Shelley Hughes, passed the Alaska House Tuesday and goes to the Senate.

Districts currently must notify teachers with tenure rights in writing about their non-retention before March 16. The bill would push that date back to May 15.

Hughes said she proposed the bill so that districts can issue "pink slips" to teachers after the legislative session has ended, when they have a better idea of what their financial situation will be during the next fiscal year.

The House Education Committee chairwoman, Rep. Lynn Gattis, said that a handful of districts requested this change in order to help streamline administrative processes.

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