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House passes bill on teacher layoffs

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The House has passed a bill that would let schools consider teacher performance in layoff decisions.

State law currently requires that seniority be the only consideration in teacher layoffs. The bill moves to weigh teacher evaluations relating to student performance into those decisions.

Lawmakers passed the bill Thursday in a 68-61 vote.

Republicans say the measure would help keep the most effective teachers in Minnesota classrooms.

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