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Union says teacher evaluation plan has race bias

Union chief says review is needed

The Boston Teachers Union demanded Tuesday that the School Department launch an independent review of its new teacher evaluation system to determine why black and ­Hispanic teachers are more likely to be targeted for possible dismissal.

Union officials made the ­request after analyzing School Department data and finding that black teachers were three times more likely than white teachers to be placed on a ­“directed growth plan” or an “improvement plan,” a move that can lead to termination if an evaluator determines a teacher has failed to overcome shortcomings in the classroom.

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