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Haslam signs teacher tenure bill into law
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a measure to make it more difficult for teachers to obtain and keep tenure in Tennessee.

Haslam signed the bill in a ceremony at the state Capitol on Tuesday, shortly after the House Education Committee advanced another education bill on the new governor's agenda that would lift a cap on charter schools in Tennessee.

The new law will allow teachers to qualify for tenure after five years on job, up from the current three. It will also provide a mechanism for teachers to lose tenure if they perform poorly in consecutive years.

The charter schools measure was approved by the House panel on a 12-5 vote. It now heads for the House Finance Committee.