Missouri education legislation falters
Saturday, May 19, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have ended their session without agreeing on bills changing the way teacher layoffs are handled and allowing quicker state intervention in failing school districts.
The layoffs proposal would have abolished a state law that bars administrators from cutting tenured teachers while retaining others who don't have tenure. Instead, administrators would have had to make teacher performance the main factor in deciding whom to let go when layoffs are needed.
The Senate debated the measure late Friday afternoon but did not vote on it before the session expired at 6 p.m.
A separate proposal on unaccredited school districts never reached a final vote in the House. It would have repealed a two-year waiting period before state education officials could step in when a district loses accreditation.
State intervention is HB1174
Teacher layoffs is HB1526