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Teacher tenure debate stalls in Senate

Teacher tenure debate stalls in Senate

April 4th, 2012 in News

Missouri's Senate spent much of its debating time Tuesday on a bill to eliminate teacher tenure in the state's public schools - but ended the day with no final decision on that plan.

Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield and sponsor of the bill, ended Tuesday's debate after the Senate voted 17-15 to adopt an amendment creating an interim study by a "task force on teacher compensation and effectiveness" to be supervised by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Education.

Cunningham later said she'll consult with other lawmakers about what to do next - but expects to bring her bill back to the floor for further debate.

"I'm disappointed in seeing my colleagues put government employees above students," Cunningham said of the vote adopting the amendment.

But that really wasn't what the vote did, said Senate Education Committee Chairman David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, who sponsored the amendment.