Missouri Senate OKs Teacher Tenure Legislation Requiring More Work To Earn Tenure

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many of Missouri’s public school teachers would need to work longer before getting tenure under legislation endorsed by the state Senate.

Teachers generally receive tenure after teaching in a district for five years. The Senate legislation would require teachers who have not received tenure by Aug. 28 to work 10 years. Teachers who have tenure when the law takes effect in late August would keep their tenure.

Senators gave the measure first-round approval Thursday. It needs another vote before moving to the House.

The approval comes after an earlier effort to eliminate tenure failed. Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, proposed the longer work period before earning tenure as a compromise.

Teacher tenure bill is SB806

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