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Teacher Tenure Ballot Measure Submitted to State

Posted: May 4, 2014 3:17 PM by The Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Backers of an initiative petition to eliminate teacher tenure and base employment on student achievement have submitted signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Teach Great, the group supporting the proposal, says it turned in more than 275,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office ahead of Sunday's deadline for groups to submit petitions.

The organization's attorney, Marc Ellinger, says teachers shouldn't be rewarded for seniority alone. Mike Wood, a lobbyist for the Missouri State Teachers Association, argues the measure is not a fair way to evaluate teachers and their performance.

The proposed constitutional amendment would require school districts to adopt an evaluation system based on "quantifiable student performance data."

Election officials must now verify the signatures to ensure the proposal qualifies for the ballot.

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