DENVER (AP) — A new statewide teacher rating system in Colorado could be among the first measures awaiting state lawmakers Wednesday.

The new four-tier rating system was approved by the state Board of Education after two years of work crafting new rules related to giving teachers job protections called tenure.

The new rules must be approved by lawmakers by Feb. 15. The rules appear likely to cruise through the Legislature. A bipartisan legislative review committee unanimously approved them Monday.

Senate Democratic Leader John Morse says that legislation enabling the new rules could be ready by Wednesday, when the 2012 legislative session opens.

LINK: Colorado’s Draft Teacher Standards

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