Backers of a controversial proposal to change the way teachers get and keep job protections think there’s still time to pass the bill this year.

The bill is up for its first hearing in the House Thursday and bill sponsor Rep. Christine Scanlan believes the education committee will endorse it.

If they do, the bill would still have to pass muster with another committee that keeps track of state spending before it could make it to the full House for debate.

The bill passed the Senate but it’s facing a tougher time in the House where there are more retired teachers who oppose the bill.

The state’s largest teachers’ union opposes it but a union representing about 3,000 teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, supports it.

-Associated Press

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