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Teacher Tenure
7:19 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Joint Mo. House/Senate Committee Examines Teacher Tenure

The Joint Committee on Education meets Sept. 10, 2013, to discuss teacher tenure.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A joint Missouri House/Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether the state's teacher tenure system is working.

Among those testifying was Mark Van Zandt, General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  He says tenured teachers can be held accountable under the current system.

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Teacher Tenure
5:57 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative

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A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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Armed teachers
4:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Kelley Defends His Proposal To Allow Mo. Teachers To Carry Guns In School

State. Rep. Mike Kelley (R, Lamar).
Mo. House Communications

The sponsor of a bill that would allow Missouri teachers to be armed in classrooms says if passed, it won't lead to "people running around with guns drawn, acting like Rambo."


The proposal by State Representative Mike Kelley (R, Lamar) is just one of several aimed at protecting school kids in the wake of last week’s mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Kelley says there’s a lot of misconception out there about his bill.

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Jane Cunningham
6:35 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Exit interview: Jane Cunningham on where she's been, and what's next

State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield).
Jane Cunningham official website


A long-time St. Louis County lawmaker is leaving office this year because her Senate district was moved to the Kansas City area.  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. 


During her last visit to the Capitol as an elected official last week, she sat down with St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin to talk about her record in office and where she goes from here.

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Education
2:23 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

What's at stake for U.S. teachers

Chicago Teachers Union members picket the CPS headquarters in Chicago on Thursday, the fourth day of their strike.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 3:46 pm

The intractable issues that led to the teachers' strike in Chicago are being argued about in states and school districts across the country.

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 & Melinda Gates Foundation to Obama administration officials.

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Edwardsville teachers
3:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Edwardsville teachers reject contract

An aerial view of Edwardsville High School. Teachers in the district voted Aug. 1 to reject the district's last contract offer, setting the stage for a possible strike.
(web/Edwardsville School District)

Teachers in the Edwardsville, Ill. School District have voted to reject the district's last contract offer, setting the stage for a possible strike.

The contract rejection allows the EEA to file an official notice of intent to strike with the state's Educational Labor Relations Board.

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Teacher tenure
1:35 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Teachers would have to work longer to get tenure under legislation approved by Mo. Senate

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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would double the amount of time required for public school teachers to earn tenure.

Currently, a teacher has to work in the same school district for five years to earn tenure.  The bill sponsored by State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) would expand that requirement to 10 years.

“As long as the teacher does not own their job, if you will, then they’re going to be really working to prove (themselves) and do a good job," Cunningham said.  "It gives us five more years of encouraging and giving motivation to teachers to really produce.”

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MO Statehouse/"Facebook" law compromise
5:10 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Educators working with sponsor on fix for "Facebook" law

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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.

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Cahokia School District
9:59 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Cahokia schools lay off dozens of teachers

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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.

Cahokia School District 187's board made the move during a special meeting Monday night.

The laid-off workers include 62 teachers, two teachers' aides, a school psychologist and a social worker.

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Cahokia School District
4:16 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Cahokia School Board meeting to decide on teacher layoffs

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The Cahokia School Board will meet tonight to decide whether to lay off up to 70 teachers because of a budget deficit.

School officials have said that lower tax revenues and delayed state payments have left Cahokia'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.

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