School teacher tenure ban amendment proposed in Missouri

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January 25, 2012

By Bailey Ludlam


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: The 30 citizen initiatives currently circulating petitions may be joined by at least one more proposal. Filed with the Missouri Secretary of State's office on January 17, the proposed initiated constitutional amendment calls for banning tenure for school teachers.

Specifically, it would restrict school districts that receive state funding or local tax revenue from entering in more than three-year contracts with teachers. If seniority plays a role in determining the job status of a teacher then that school would be barred from receiving public funds. School districts would be required to use local performance standards for salary, hiring, firing decisions.[1]

The proposal was filed by Jefferson City attorney Marc Ellinger.[2] It has not yet been approved for petition circulation. If approved, supporters will be required to collect signatures from registered voters equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.

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