Wyoming teacher evaluation bills would put cameras in classrooms

Jackie Borchardt:

Security cameras have been in schools for years, but several lawmakers want to bring them into the classroom.
Two bills filed this week in the Wyoming Legislature would require videotaped class periods to be part of every teacher’s evaluation.
All teachers are evaluated annually by law. Initial-contract teachers are evaluated twice each year.
House Bill 166 would also require all teachers — on initial and continuing contracts — to be evaluated in writing every month.
The bill has strong support in both chambers, sponsored by Reps. Steve Harshman, R-Casper, Donald Burkhart, R-Rawlins, Kendell Kroeker, R-Casper, Michael Madden, R-Buffalo, and Matt Teeters, R-Lingle; and Sens. Paul Barnard, R-Evanston, Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan, Hank Coe, R-Cody, and Bill Landen, R-Casper.