In an effort to help Georgia win up to $400 million in federal funds, Gov. Sonny Perdue asked lawmakers last week to create a statewide teacher evaluation system. The bill would create a uniform way to judge a teachers performance. A House committee approved the legislation and will now go before the full House this week.

Perdue wanted to create the evaluation system and use it to determine merit pay for teachers, but performance bonuses were dropped from the proposal after disapproval from teachers.

The governor is hoping the evaluation system will help Georgia win part of the $4.35 billion `Race to the Top` federal grant competition. The state fell just shy of winning money in the first round last month.

Coosa Valley News