Ill. Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation Reducing Teacher Job Security
The Illinois Senate has unanimously approved sweeping legislation that would reduce teachers' job security and emphasize performance over seniority. The legislation would make it harder for teachers to achieve tenure. Even after getting tenure, bad teachers could be fired. If a district has to make layoffs, jobs would be protected based on classroom performance instead of seniority.
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A cassava root. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has received $8.3 million fron the Gates Foundation to research ways to increase nutrition in the root, which is the main carbohydrate for a quarter of a billion people.
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replacing many provisions in a dog-breeding law approved by voters in November. The House approved the legislation 85-71 on Wednesday. It cleared the Senate last month and goes now to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation restoring federally funded jobless benefits to thousands of Missourians, but cutting aid to people laid off in the future.
Nixon's signature Wednesday means retroactive payments will go out later this week or early next week to about 10,000 people whose eligibility for unemployment benefits ended April 2. It also means that people who lose their jobs on Sunday or later will be eligible for just 20 weeks of state-funded benefits instead of 26.