Smart Decision 2014: Opponents of Amendment 3 celebrate its defeat
COLUMBIA - Voters voted against amending the state constitution Tuesday night to change the way the state evalutes its teachers, so that much of the performance review hinged on standardized testing.
Multiple organizations released statements Tuesday night celebrating Amendment Three's defeat. Local opponents said their biggest concerns was the lack of a plan to both implement and oversee the new standards if the amendment had passed.
The Missouri State Teachers Association said the amendment would have drastically decreased school district control and forced taxpayers to pay for government mandated standardized tests.
"Students were the big winners in tonight's election. Defeating Amendment 3 will ensure that students continue to receive quality instruction, and will not just be a number based upon a standardized test," MSTA President Lisa Funk said.
The president of the Missouri National Education Association released this statement:
Students, parents and local schools triumphed tonight with the defeat of Amendment 3. Voters across the state sent a clear message rejecting one-size-fits all approaches to education that place Jefferson City bureaucrats over local students, parents and educators when it comes to deciding what's best for students.
Missouri NEA members worked tirelessly, knocking on doors, calling voters, and speaking to neighbors to inform the public about the dangers of Amendment 3 to our schools.
The rejection of Amendment 3 sends a clear message ? Missourians value their local schools and want extremist to keep their hands off
If Amendment Three had passed, the Missouri constitution would have been amended to:
- Require teachers to be evaluated by a standards-based performance evaluation system for which each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding
- Require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system
- Require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts
- Prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system