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Teacher Tenure at Stake for November Ballot

Shannon O'Brien
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Photo: Getty/Thomas Barwick

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If the 275,000 signatures from Missourians on a measure to end teacher tenure are approved, teacher tenure would be put on the statewide ballot in November.

Teach Great is the group behind the elimination of teacher tenure. The attorney for the group is Marc Ellinger.

“Those good teachers should be rewarded, and teachers that are not good teachers should no longer be in the classroom,” Ellinger says. “I think that anybody would want their kids taught by the best possible teachers.”

Under the measure, teachers would be evaluated based on the performance of their students in standardized tests. There’s strong opposition from the Missouri State Teachers Association.

“The more tests you have, the less time you have for students in their learning environment,” says lobbyist Mike Wood.

He adds that students would spend more time studying for tests than actually learning the material.

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