Teachers in Los Angeles have agreed to have test scores factored into performance evaluations in the nation’s second-largest school district, their union said on Saturday in a concession to a growing national movement to revamp teacher appraisals, Reuters reports. United Teachers Los Angeles said in a statement that 66 percent of the nearly 17,000 members who cast ballots had voted in favor of the new agreement on evaluations. The union has more than 30,000 members in a district second in size only to New York. The question of how best to evaluate teachers – and how districts can remove failing ones – has sparked clashes across the country between school officials and teachers’ unions. One such disagreement was behind last year’s seven-day teacher strike in Chicago…

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