Mo. Senate OKs requiring more work to earn tenure

Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 4:13 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Many of Missouri's public school teachers would need to work longer before getting tenure under legislation endorsed by the state Senate.

Teachers generally receive tenure after teaching in a district for five years. The Senate legislation would require teachers who have not received tenure before the new law takes effect in July 2013 to work 10 years. Teachers who have tenure at that time would keep their tenure.

Senators gave the measure first-round approval Thursday. It needs another vote before moving to the House.

The approval comes after an earlier effort to abolish teacher tenure failed. Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, proposed the longer work period before earning tenure as a compromise.

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