Late Thursday afternoon, a bill extending the amount of time a teacher must work in order to be
eligible for tenure passed the House.
House Bill 162, by North Pole Republican Representative Tammie Wilson, would require teachers to work in the same district, continuously,
for five full school years in order to gain tenure.
Teachers today who work for three continuous years, or who accept a contract for four consecutive years, can get tenure.
The House adopted an amendment that would grant tenure to rural school teachers after three years, the same amount required today.
Representative Bob Herron, a Democrat from Bethel, proposed the amendment a a way to encourage teachers to move to rural school districts,
which have trouble retainng good teachers.
Opponents argue the provision sets up a "double standard" for Alaska's teachers based on where they work.