Ariz. gets D on teacher reviews

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WASHINGTON -- Arizona got an overall grade of "D" on a national report card on what states are doing to keep good teachers and remove bad ones.

The grade comes from the National Council on Teacher Quality. A study by the group suggests quality control is seriously lacking when it comes to keeping good teachers and dumping bad ones.

It says only Iowa and New Mexico require any evidence that public school teachers are effective before granting them tenure.

States were given letter grades, earning a D-plus on average. The group gave its highest overall mark, a B-minus, to South Carolina, saying the state does better than any other at allowing ineffective teachers to be fired.

Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont earned F's, as did the District of Columbia.

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