Scott Dieckhaus

2014 General Election
10:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Jefferson County Becomes New Battleground For Missouri House Contests

Inside the chambers of the Missouri House.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

When it comes to the Missouri House and next Tuesday’s election, leaders in both major parties agree that the stakes are low.

There’s little doubt that Republicans will maintain historically huge majorities in the General Assembly’s lower chamber. They may even pick up another seat or two. Democrats, meanwhile, see their best hope in making a few gains of their own.

Still, House Republican Campaign Committee executive director Scott Dieckhaus admits a bit of uncertainty.

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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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