Up to 150 Memphis teachers being fired

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Up to 150 Memphis City Schools teachers could be fired over performance issues.

The Commercial Appeal reported many teachers have begun receiving notices they were being terminated. Under a contract, teachers must be notified by June 15 if they are not being retained for the following academic year.

The number is three times as many teachers who were fired for any reason last school year, when principals recommended about 60 terminations. Principals identified teachers for termination based on the last three years of their students' test scores and the teacher evaluation process begun this year.

The teachers union is getting complaints. Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams said 30-40 teachers came to the union's office on Tuesday to object.

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