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Hillsborough teachers union president is challenged by two critics of Gates reforms



clements.Voting started Monday for president of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association in what contenders describe as a referendum on the district’s education reform efforts.

Empowering Effective Teachers, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, marks a radical reform in the way teachers are evaluated, and ultimately it will replace seniority in determining their pay.

Union president Jean Clements, who was first elected in 2002, collaborated closely with the Hillsborough school district in implementing the reforms.joe_thomas.

 haggerty2.jpgHer challengers, high school social studies teachers Leo Haggerty and Joe Thomas, say she is too much of an insider, and that they represent teachers who are dissatisfied with the reforms.

The teachers are voting online, with results expected by Feb. 23.

[Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2012 11:17am]


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