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Missouri House advances bill on teacher layoffs

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 8:26 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.

The bill would require administrators to give top priority to performance in deciding which teachers to cut, while excluding salaries and seniority from consideration. Weight could also be given to special training and certification.

The measure needs another vote to go to the Senate, but it's not clear if will get out of the House. It takes 82 votes to pass a bill in the House, but the chamber only approved it on a vote of 80-78 on Wednesday.

Supporters say the bill would help ensure districts can keep their best teachers. Opponents argue the changes would cause teachers anxiety without improving schools.

 


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Greg Butz May 2, 2012 | 8:51 p.m.

If this law passes, it will not amaze me to see the evaluations for teachers who earn less, .... err I mean are young and enthusiastic to suddenly improve beyond those of teachers who earn more, .... err I mean are stuck in their ways and aren't keeping up with the latest trends in education ---- especially in districts strapped enough for money to have to R.I.F. their staff.

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Allan Sharrock May 3, 2012 | 8:38 a.m.

You are right Greg. I hope Nixon vetoes this.

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