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Teacher tenure repeal blocked in senate

Date: April 3, 2012
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 806 and the roll call.

Intro: 
A St. Louis County senator's proposal to repeal teacher tenure throughout Missouri gets rejected in the senate.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Republican St. Louis County Senator Jane Cunningham sponsored the plan to repeal teacher tenure throughout Missouri. 

But that plan was sidelined when the Senate voted to gut her bill and replace it with a task force to study teacher pay.   

Cunningham says she was surprised and disappointed by the vote's outcome.

Actuality:  CUNHA4.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "I think what it was, was the colleagues in the senate put government employees ahead of students."

This comes a day after the Senate put off a vote on a plan to deal with students transferring from the unaccredited St. Louis City schools to accredited St. Louis County Schools.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro: 
The senate narrowly rejects a St. Louis County senator's proposal to repeal teacher tenure.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: With a vote of 17 to 15, the Missouri Senate blocked Republican St. Louis County Senator Jane Cunningham's proposed repeal of teacher tenure throughout the state.

Instead, the Senate approved Republican Warrensburg Senator David Pearce's plan which would create a task force to investigate the issue of teacher tenure but make no changes to it at this time.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey spoke out against putting off repealing teacher tenure.

Actuality:  DEMPSEY2.WAV
Run Time:  00:11
Description: "I think it's time that we address the policy instead of creating another commission that's going to create another study that's going to sit on a shelf and put this off; let's take action."

This comes a day after the Senate put off a vote on a plan to deal with students transferring from the unaccredited St. Louis City schools to accredited St. Louis County Schools.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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