E. Tenn. school district halts video evaluations

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee school district has halted a new video evaluation process for teachers after complaints about possible privacy issues.

Teachers and parents at Washington County schools have questioned whether images will be secure while on a third-party server.

Bill Flannery, who is assistant director of schools, says the cameras were to be part of a pilot project which would test their effectiveness in helping evaluate teachers. The cameras have two video devices. One is focused on the teacher; the other is focused on students to gauge how they react.

Flannery says legal questions have put the program on hold for now, but noted that 19 other school districts in Tennessee are also experimenting with video evaluations.

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