PIERRE -- The South Dakota Senate Education Committee has passed a bill to protect the confidentiality of teacher and school staff data.
The bill would amend the state's public records law. It's already passed the House with strong support.
The state Department of Education requested the legislation. Education Secretary Melody Schopp says the state has been working on a new evaluation process for teachers and principals, and the bill would keep those evaluations private.
Any evaluation document for teachers, janitors or other staff would be considered personnel information.
The South Dakota Education Association and the School Administrators of South Dakota support the bill. No one opposed it Tuesday, and the committee voted 6-1 to advance the measure to the Senate floor.
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