Haley’s veto kills bill keeping teacher evaluations private

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto has killed legislation exempting teacher evaluations from public disclosure, but she says she’ll support a better-written bill next year.

Haley says she recognizes that the bill is intended to promote a more candid evaluation process, but it’s too broad.

The bill exempts educator evaluations with “personally identifiable information” from the state’s public records law.

Haley says that the bill allows school districts to withhold any record related to an evaluation, including information on teacher misconduct.

Cayce Rep. Kenny Bingham says he supports the veto, as he didn’t intend to create a potential loophole. The House voted unanimously Tuesday to sustain the veto.

Haley is working with Bingham and state Superintendent Molly Spearman on legislation that will be introduced next year.

Bingham says a budget clause covers teachers in the meantime.

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