teachers http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Joint Mo. House/Senate Committee Examines Teacher Tenure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/joint-mo-housesenate-committee-examines-teacher-tenure <p>A <a href="http://house.mo.gov/committeeIndividual.aspx?com=366&amp;year=2013">joint Missouri House/Senate committee</a> heard testimony Tuesday on whether the state's teacher tenure system is working.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among those testifying was Mark Van </span>Zandt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, General Counsel for the <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)</a>.&nbsp; He says tenured teachers can be held accountable under the current system.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:19:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29804 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Joint Mo. House/Senate Committee Examines Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-filed-against-missouri-over-language-used-teacher-tenure-ballot-initiative <P>A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over<A href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2014petitions/14init_pet.asp#2014024"> a proposed constitutional amendment </A>requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.</P> <P>In a press release issued Friday, the four plaintiffs in the suit say school districts would be allowed to fire or cut the pay of teachers and administrators without cause or due process, and that the ballot language should be rewritten to reflect that.&nbsp; They also say the initiative will be more expensive than its backers Fri, 03 May 2013 22:57:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26083 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative Kelley Defends His Proposal To Allow Mo. Teachers To Carry Guns In School http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kelley-defends-his-proposal-allow-mo-teachers-carry-guns-school <P>The sponsor of a bill that would allow Missouri teachers to be armed in classrooms says&nbsp;if passed, it won't lead to&nbsp;"people&nbsp;running around with guns drawn, acting like Rambo."</P> <P><A href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB70&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">The proposal</A> by <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=127">State Representative Mike Kelley</A> (R, Lamar) is just one of several aimed at protecting school kids in the wake of last week’s mass shootings&nbsp;at Sandy Hook Elementary School in&nbsp;Newtown, Connecticut.&nbsp; Kelley says there’s a lot of misconception out there about his bill. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:16:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7557 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kelley Defends His Proposal To Allow Mo. Teachers To Carry Guns In School Exit interview: Jane Cunningham on where she's been, and what's next http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/exit-interview-jane-cunningham-where-shes-been-and-whats-next <P></P> <P>A long-time St. Louis County lawmaker is leaving office this year because her Senate district was moved to the Kansas City area.&nbsp; Republican Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield has spent eight years in the Missouri House and four in the Senate, making a name for herself as an outspoken social conservative.&nbsp;</P> <P>During her last visit to the Capitol as an elected official last week, she sat down with St. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4644 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Exit interview: Jane Cunningham on where she's been, and what's next What's at stake for U.S. teachers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/whats-stake-us-teachers The intractable issues that led to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/13/161063482/is-there-progress-in-the-chicago-teachers-strike" target="_blank">teachers' strike</a> in Chicago are being argued about in states and school districts across the country.<p>The past decade has been a time of enormous ferment in education policy, with numerous new ideas and approaches being promoted by everyone from conservative think tanks to the well-heeled Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation to Obama administration officials.<p>The administration's $4 billion Race to the Top grant progra Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:23:16 +0000 4593 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What's at stake for U.S. teachers Edwardsville teachers reject contract http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/edwardsville-teachers-reject-contract <p>Teachers in the Edwardsville, Ill. School District have voted to reject the district&#39;s last contract offer, setting the stage for a possible strike.</p><p>The contract rejection allows the EEA to file an official notice of intent to strike with the state&#39;s Educational Labor Relations Board.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 20:30:42 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4240 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Edwardsville teachers reject contract Teachers would have to work longer to get tenure under legislation approved by Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teachers-would-have-work-longer-get-tenure-under-legislation-approved-mo-senate <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has given first-round approval to legislation that would<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=2024257"> double the amount of time required for public school teachers to earn tenure</a>.</p><p>Currently, a teacher has to work in the same school district for five years to earn tenure.&nbsp; The bill sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem07.htm">State Senator Jane Cunningham </a>(R,&nbsp;Chesterfield) would expand that requirement to 10 years.</p><p>&ldquo;As long as the teacher does not own their job, if you will, then they&rsquo;re going to be really working to prove (themselves) and do a good job,&quot; Cunningham said.&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;It gives us five more years of encouraging and giving motivation to teachers to really produce.&rdquo; Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:35:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3438 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teachers would have to work longer to get tenure under legislation approved by Mo. Senate Educators working with sponsor on fix for "Facebook" law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/educators-working-sponsor-fix-facebook-law <p>A group of educators led by the Missouri National Education Association says its confident it can strike a deal with lawmakers to settle confusion over a new state law governing how students and teachers interact using social media like Facebook.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:10:39 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1928 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Educators working with sponsor on fix for "Facebook" law Cahokia schools lay off dozens of teachers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cahokia-schools-lay-dozens-teachers <p>Administrators of a southwestern Illinois school district say financial problems have forced them to lay off or not renew the contracts of 71 employees, including more than five dozen teachers.</p><p><a href="http://www.cahokia187.org/">Cahokia School District 187</a>&#39;s board made the move during <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cahokia-school-board-meeting-decide-teacher-layoffs">a special meeting Monday night</a>.</p><p>The laid-off workers include 62 teachers, two teachers&#39; aides, a school psychologist and a social worker.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:59:41 +0000 The Associated Press 788 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cahokia schools lay off dozens of teachers Cahokia School Board meeting to decide on teacher layoffs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cahokia-school-board-meeting-decide-teacher-layoffs <p>The <a href="http://www.cahokia187.org/">Cahokia School Board</a> will meet tonight to decide whether to lay off up to 70 teachers because of a budget deficit.</p><p>School officials have said that lower tax revenues and delayed state payments have left Cahokia&#39;s budget about $1 million in the red. Brent Murphy, president of the Cahokia Federation of Teachers, says he hopes that reducing instructors and other staff is not the only solution.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:16:36 +0000 Bill Raack 773 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cahokia School Board meeting to decide on teacher layoffs