Scott Dieckhaus

Mo. students at unaccredited schools
6:13 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Mo. joint committee looks at avoiding potential mass exodus from unaccredited schools

Members of the House-Senate Interim Committee on School Accreditation listen to testimony Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2011) at the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A state legislative committee heard testimony today on what options should be considered for students enrolled at unaccredited schools in Missouri.  It’s part of another effort to address a recent State Supreme Court ruling.

Turner v. Clayton affirmed that students not only have the right to transfer away from an unaccredited school district, but that the failing district has to pick up the tab.  State and local officials fear it could lead to a mass exodus from schools in St. Louis, Kansas City and Riverview Gardens.

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Teacher Tenure
10:57 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Mo. lawmakers call for end to teacher tenure

Some Missouri lawmakers say the state should do away with its tenure system for teachers and make students' academic performance a big part of their evaluations.

A House panel heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would require 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on students' scores on state tests. Teachers would not be guaranteed salary increases based on their classroom experience. The changes would take effect in July 2012.

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