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St. Louis on the Air
2:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

A Discussion About Missouri’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments

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Early voting. Teacher Tenure. Sex Crime Trial Rules. Gubernatorial Budgetary Power.

Those are some of the topics before Missouri voters on Nov. 4.

“St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio reporters Marshall Griffin and Tim Lloyd about the proposed constitutional amendments.

Here’s a recap of Amendments 2, 3 and 6.

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2014 General Elections
9:53 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Missouri Voters To Decide Amendments On Early Voting, Teacher Tenure And Sex Crime Trial Rules

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri voters have four constitutional amendments on the November ballot. The amendments cover a wide array of issues, ranging from early voting to the admissibility of prior sex crimes, teacher tenure and the governor's power over the state budget.

Amendment 2

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Teacher Evaluation
10:59 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Seven Principles That All Missouri Teacher Evaluations Must Have In Common

Sixth-grade math teacher Melissa Schut prepares students for a classroom assignment at Westview Middle School in the Riverview Gardens School District.
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In November, voters in Missouri will decide whether to change the way teachers are evaluated and retained by school districts.

Under Amendment 3, teachers would be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using student data. It also would put a three-year limit on teacher contracts and prevent teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining on the design of teacher evaluations or how they’re used.  

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Amendment 3
11:07 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Backers Of Teacher Tenure Amendment Pull Back, But Foes Plan To Fight On

Backers of an amendment to change teacher tenure have announced that they are suspending their campaign to pass the amendment.
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Even though a campaign to institute tougher evaluation and tenure rules for Missouri teachers is stopping its efforts, opponents of a constitutional amendment on the November ballot say they’re going ahead with their efforts to defeat it.

“We’re going to be campaigning full steam ahead,” Mike Sherman, spokesman for the group Protect Our Local Schools, said in an interview Wednesday. “We still need everyone in the state to vote no.”

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Teacher Evaluation
11:18 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Constitutional Amendment On Teacher Evaluation Approved For November Ballot

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(Updated 10:55 a.m., Tues., Aug. 5, with certification for the ballot)

As Missourians prepared to vote on a variety of issues at the August primary Tuesday, the secretary of state's office announced that a constitutional amendment changing how teachers are evaluated will be on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander said petitions submitted in May by the organization known as Teach Great have been certified and the issue will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot as Amendment 3.

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Ballot Initiatives
7:12 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Backers Submit Signatures For Ballot Proposal To Eliminate Teacher Tenure

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A group seeking to revamp teacher-hiring in Missouri, including the elimination of tenure, turned in more than 275,000 signatures Sunday to get its proposal on the November statewide ballot.

Called “Teach Great,” the group’s initiative-petition effort has largely been financed by financier Rex Sinquefield.

Among other things, the ballot proposal seeks to base teacher retention on performance-based evaluations and "quantifiable student performance data." It also would end the use of tenure and seniority in determining teacher retention or layoffs.

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Initiative petitions
9:13 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Crowd Of Initiative Petitions Will Soon Compete To Get On Ballot

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As soon as the snow melts, Missourians may find themselves confronting a horde of people stopping them outside stores, on the streets or at their front doors.

The object: to get their signatures on petitions that would put a variety of issues – such as early voting, income taxes and teacher tenure – on the August or November ballot.

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Politics & Issues
12:19 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Sinquefield Donates $750,000 To End Teacher Tenure

Rex Sinquefield
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Financier Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s largest political donor, has given $750,000 to jumpstart the initiative petition drive for a ballot measure to end teacher tenure.

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, the money was donated on Christmas Eve to “Teachgreat.org,” the campaign committee set up to oversee the effort.

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