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Teacher's Pay Threatened

May 9, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

Local school districts will be able to pay teachers less, if the governor signs the bill passed by the Senate Thursday. Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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Under current law, local school districts have to pay a set percentage of their revenue to teachers. That percentage varies with the size of the district. If a district pays teachers less, it is fined by the state. If the senate bill becomes law, districts will get some leeway on their assigned percentages. They also will be able to appeal any fines to the state school board in Jefferson City. John Russell, from Lebanon Missouri, says districts pay too much of their budgets to teachers..

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Contents: Russell says he' never gone public with this information before, but he has received letters from school children with lots of misspelled words. He says the misspelled letters were sent by the teachers. He says maybe if teachers taught kids to spell there would be fewer bad things said about them in the legislature.

Governor Carnahan's spokesman was not available to comment on whether the bill will be signed. From Jefferson City I'm Jack Dolan.