The plan to toughen regulations for Virginia teachers is on its' way to the governor's desk.
So, we ask how Louisa County School's Superintendent Dr. Deborah Petit feels about the changes and how they would be carried out. She says in some case extending the probationary period from three to five years could help. As it stands now, if school officials do not want to keep them in a contract after three years, they get cut loose.
As for the provision that a teacher could be fired after one bad appraisal, Petit thinks it will be handled fairly. She says most school districts go through an extensive interview and then training or mentoring process. Most teachers that are hired appear to be a good fit for the school. If they are not, Petit says that feedback would be given early on. She finds it hard to believe that a large amount of school systems would take advantage of the change, if it becomes a law.