Jefferson City School Board calls Amendment 3 "deeply flawed"

4 years 3 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, September 30 2014 Sep 30, 2014 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:42:00 AM CDT September 30, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - After a Monday work session, the Jefferson City Public Schools Board announced Tuesday morning a unanimous decision to oppose Amendment 3 on the November ballot which would alter teacher evaluations statewide. 

The board said the amendment was "poorly drafted and deeply flawed" and would pose "many unintended consequences for teachers, administrators and school boards."

The board expressed funding concerns and said the amendment would call for taxpayers to foot the bill for additional standardized tests in a time when "public schools remain significantly underfunded by the state."

The resolution also discussed a discrepancy with a proposed policy change involving the management of public school employees. The board said the amendment would limit the board's ability to hire, promote, compensate or fire teachers "in accordance with board policy", including that the board would lose the ability to fire employees for "willful or persistent violation of board policy."

The details of the amendment are available to the public on the ballotpedia website.

Marc Ellinger, an attorney for the Teach Great campaign, initially sponsored the amendment's proposal. The Children's Education Council of Missouri ran the campaign. In early September, Teach Great called off their campaign, citing that the support for the ballot measure was not polling as well as its members had hoped.

"It has become clear that now is not the time to further pursue the Teach Great initiative," said Kate Casas, a spokeswoman for the organization.

There is not a group actively campaigning for a "yes" vote on the measure.

Despite this, the proposed amendment will still be put before voters on the November ballot.

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