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Teacher evals revamped 

The Rochester school district's first attempt at a teacher evaluation plan for the 2012 to 2013 school year was rejected by the State Education Department. Revisions have been resubmitted, and Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski says he's confident that this version will be approved. | The SED wanted to see greater clarification of the time limit for teachers to appeal their evaluations, Urbanski says. The other concern had to do with how students' challenges, such as poverty and absenteeism, impact a teacher's score. Though the SED agrees some allowances can be made, they're limited, Urbanski says. | Evaluations began during the 2011 to 2012 school year for some teachers. The new evaluations apply to all New York State teachers and principals beginning this school year, and include student test scores as a component of a teacher's evaluation.

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