Governor Kemp Signs Bill Requiring Appeals Process for Teacher Evaluations


A bill was signed today, September 22, that will benefit teachers.

According to a press release from the Georgia Senate Press Office, Gov. Brian Kemp has signed House Bill 86. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Tommy Benton (R – Jefferson) and carried in the Senate by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga). HB 86 requires a policy to be created for teachers to appeal performance ratings notated in teacher personnel evaluations.

“Teaching is one of the only professions in our state which cannot request a review of a performance evaluation,” said Sen. Mullis. “As a career which experiences high turnover and as we continue to ask more of our educators due to new distance learning procedures, our teachers deserve a greater say in how their performance is evaluated. I was proud to carry this important piece of legislation in the Senate and will continue to look at new and innovative ways our state can produce and retain high quality educators.”

HB 86 goes into effect on July 1, 2021. The full text of the bill can be read at the following link: